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  •  Where you derail yourself (7+ / 0-)

    is the point where you don't take the rest of the canadian support structure into consideration.

    They've got a banking system that is still properly overseen by the government.

    They've got a health care system that is outstanding.

    They've got a number of similar strands of the support web that hold their population at a higher level of well-being, both physically and mentally and emotionally.

    Of great importance in the gun comparison is the mental and emotional well-being.

    Two decades ago, I read a book by a guy who made his name in the gang scene without a gun - he beat and stomped a victim into permanent disfigurement. That's not mental and emotional well-being. The guy also chopped off the arms of a rival gang member at the elbow, tied them up so he wouldn't bleed, and kept one arm as a trophy - also done without a gun. Also not mental or emotional well-being.

    When you compare us to the canadians, don't forget the other elements that are contributing to the differences. The little things mean a LOT when they reinforce each other. Just like a butterfly flaps wings in tokyo and it rains instead of being sunny in san francisco, these small social safety net butterfly flaps in canada lead to a very divergent outcome.

    It's safe to trust a sane person with the keys to nuclear weapons, but it's not safe to trust an insane person with the cleaners under the kitchen sink. The answer is not more gun control, it's people care.

    by JayFromPA on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:29:06 PM PST

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