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    Mayfly, FloridaSNMOM

    Predictive power zero? I disagree. Police and intelligence agencies have all sorts of profiling abilities. And social science has already provided us plenty of profiling on senior citizens. Some will be robust mentally and/or physically well into their 80s. Others will become infirm sooner. Overall, statistically, their ability to handle powerful machines of any kind -- cars, guns, bulldozers -- trends to the problematic and then the impossible.

    So, my point (and I do have one) is that in all manner of education, our population should not just learn about growing up, but also about growing old, and how to do it gracefully and responsibly. That might well include having a life plan for handling weapons of any kind, after some point. But if society has a hard time determining when a danger point is reached, the individual has an even harder time determining that point for himself or herself.

    This wouldn't be such an issue if our society still revered the elderly and if extended families were still capable of providing economic and physical security to their senior members.

    •  Profiling vs. diagnosis (2+ / 0-)
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      FloridaSNMOM, LilithGardener

      Profiling a population group is different from making a definitive diagnosis about an individual.  These are two different activities that seek different ends.

      Yes, some abilities decline with old age.  As a society, we have yet to evolve laws that address those declines: old people are still allowed to drive a car even though their eyesight, reaction times, and muscular coordination and control may all suffer (and with driving a car, one must actually demonstrate ability and knowledge to the state, which is not required for operating a gun!)

      "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

      by Hugh Jim Bissell on Fri Jul 19, 2013 at 09:25:00 AM PDT

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