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  •  'root causes' is a red herring, in this diary (2+ / 0-)

    The rhetorical strategy is to get someone to ask what what the alleged root causes are, in order to shift the conversation away from guns, and then to follow up with a gripping personal example. With the conversation shifted, the 'root cause' meme is then quietly dropped, until another gun diary comes along, where it is used again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

    As ThatSinger says:

    This presupposes that guns should not be a part of the conversation... that unless or until we solve the "root causes" of ALL violence, there's no reason to address the implements of GUN violence...
    But of course we can do both.

    I don't think you'll find opposition here to discussion of other policies which reduce violence of all kinds. (There are tradeoffs and debates about many of these, as well, e.g. exposure to violence in movies, TV, video-games, lyrics, etc., vs. 1st Amendment freedoms. Other possible causes are broader, such as unemployment, weak family bonds, etc.) But this breaking news diary is about a 19-yo gunman who shot six people at work with a shotgun, then shot himself.

    I look forward to a steady stream of diaries from you, on topics like ways to improve our mental health care system, ways to reduce domestic violence, combat drug abuse and/or the war on drugs, and other root causes that you have identified in the tragic murder or your great-aunt by a crazed neighbor wielding a machete.

    Unlike Gerry Ford, we can walk and chew gum.

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