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  •  I think one key problem is the framing of the... (11+ / 0-)

    ... argument.

    Instead of getting bogged down in specific policy details ("Ban assault weapons!" "What constitutes an 'assault weapon?'" "What about magazine capacity?" etc.), the conversation should be framed more like this:

    Do we really need 94 guns per 100 citizens in this country compared to countries like Canada (31), France (31), Germany (30), New Zealand (23), Australia (15), Mexico (15), Denmark (12), Ireland (9), Israel (7) or England (6)?

    What are the consequences of living in a society literally flooded with guns?

    Why should it be so easy to get a gun, particularly a handgun, in this country?

    Is the fact that it so easy to get a gun a sane policy for our society?

    The gun makers and the NRA love it when we get bogged down in details because they know they'll win -- eventually -- when all the outrage dies down (which it always does).

    We need to be having a larger conversation with the public about whether or not our culture of guns is sane. Because it is clearly not, especially relative to nearly every other country in the world.

    Calling other DKos members "weenies" is a personal insult and therefore against site rules.

    by Bob Johnson on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:02:35 AM PDT

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    •  Yup, we have a language problem, but for them (2+ / 0-)
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      It is easier because it is about maintaining the status quo.

      Guns & money have always  been more important than people in America. This country was founded so that "some people" could be free to rape & pillage. Needed those same people to be well armed to keep the rest of us in line like good obedient dogs.

      nosotros no somos estúpidos

      by a2nite on Wed Sep 18, 2013 at 10:25:15 AM PDT

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