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Now is the time to make something happen.  There are people with long histories of NRA loyality who are saying now is the time.  What should be done is not the same as what can be done.  The question is what do you propose to try and help the problem.  My suggestions are the following:

1. Remove non-automatic weapons from the conversation immediately.  I am not a fan of guns, but I am a realist.  Hunting rifles and non-automatic weapons for your own security are fine in my book.  This also shows we are not trying to take away all guns.
2. Restore the waiting period on guns.  It is hard to argue against same day voter registration while defending a carry-out policy on Ak47s.
3. I prefer an outright ban on semi-automatic and automatic weapons from this day forward and a buy back program for anyone willing to get rid of these unnecessary weapons.  If that is not an option, than....

4. A registration system for guns that must be renewed yearly.  Agreeing to buy a weapon designed for killing multiple people should require a yearly fee (per weapon) and the agreement to have spot checks.  I also believe insurance companies should be notified that their policy holders have weapons and if the company wishes to charge a higher premium I am fine with that.  (I know people who have gotten rid of trampolines because of the insurance premiums associated with them.)
5. A tracking system for purchase of ammunition.  If it is okay to track how often I buy cough syrup, I think it is okay to check how many rounds of ammo is being stockpiled.
6. Ban the sale of full body armor to non-military and police members.  Why would you need full body armor?  That is a huge red flag in my book.
7. Schools should have a mental health professional for every 600 students in the system.  (It is a random number.  The majority of people are fine, but you want to be able to intervene as quick as possible.)
8. I have no idea how to handle adults who need help.
9. There should be a discussion on the rating systems of movies and video games.  The balance between free speech that needs to be maintained is the same balance of the 2nd Amendment.  Not to have any discussion about the role of movies and video games would be wrong.  There is never a bad time to review things.

These are my few thoughts and suggestions.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    ontario

    I choose to be inspired.

    by demiowa on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:26:40 AM PST

  •  i propose fixing problems that lead to violence (1+ / 0-)
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    ontario

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    i also think focusing the solutions on guns overlooks these other important factors.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    these shootings have one very salient point in common:  prescription mood-altering pharmaceuticals.  

    so we have two approaches:  focus on guns, which does nothing to prevent the psychosis in the first place, or focus on what drives people to violence.  solve that and the guns don't matter so much.

    pushing domestic spending always gets the GOP all hot and bothered, but it isn't half so polarizing as knee-jerk gun control laws.

    Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

    by Cedwyn on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:35:51 AM PST

    •  The psychosis in itself isn't socially harmful. (2+ / 0-)
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      The first priority is the well-being of society; the second priority is the well-being of the psychotic.  Guns are the linchpin of the solution.

      You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

      by Rich in PA on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:44:02 AM PST

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      •  i say mental wellness and anti-poverty programs (1+ / 0-)
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        are the linchpin of the solution.

        the link between poverty and violence is basically incontrovertible at this point.

        so we have two approaches to fixing this:  one that will be a fight, and one that will be a knock-down drag-out fight.

        it's nothing but stupid to make things harder for yourself.

        Please don't dominate the rap, Jack, if you got nothin' new to say - Grateful Dead

        by Cedwyn on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 05:50:33 AM PST

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        •  I can't see loading up on fights... (1+ / 0-)
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          ...especially by adding one that's very expensive and very intrusive.  At some point it's just the secular progressive version of the religious impulse to eliminate evil in the world.  I'd rather take away evil's toolkit to start, and work on everything else at a deliberate pace.

          You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

          by Rich in PA on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:03:34 AM PST

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          •  I don't have much faith (0+ / 0-)

            in the idea that banning guns will keep them out of the hands of the Adam Lanza's of the world.  What makes you think that is realistic?

            "None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Goethe

            by jlynne on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 06:13:12 AM PST

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  •  How about allowing family doctors to ask (0+ / 0-)

    patients about gun ownership and use, in cases where the doctor thinks circumstances warrant (e.g. patient's state or situation seem to suggest it). Practice was banned last year in FL, but being challenged by doctors. After all, if we are talking mental illness and stability for some cases, who better than a doctor to make some initial judgement? It does not seem that families, schools, employers are able to do it.

    http://abcnews.go.com/...

    "...stories of past courage can define that ingredient..... But they cannot supply courage itself. For this each man must look into his own soul." JFK Profiles in Courage " Ontario

    by ontario on Mon Dec 17, 2012 at 09:28:29 AM PST

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