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    1) I do not support a blanket ban on guns.  I think such a ban would lead to an underground market and continuation of many of the same problems (tho' a blanket ban would allow the authorities to remove guns from people who shoot themselves, threaten others with their guns, or are the source of accidental shootings and other irresponsible gun behaviors).

    2) Clearly, some people with mental disorders should not be near guns - James Holmes is a good example.  Just as clearly, some people with mental disorders can use guns safely and properly.  And just as clearly, people change, so that safe gun owners become unsafe, and vice versa.  I suggest that restricting access to guns should depend on the person, not the diagnosis.

    3) While no waiting period is going to eliminate all criminal shootings, no waiting period is going to eliminate all gun suicides.  It does make sense to have a waiting period between purchasing a gun and taking possession of a gun (in my opinion, 30 days is about right), because yes, people do go out and buy guns specifically to carry out a planned crime, and to carry out a planned suicide.

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

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 10:22:04 AM PST

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