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  •  They may not be "on record," (3+ / 0-)
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    Boris49, Agathena, eru

    but their gun-lusting minions are out there in force, once again pushing the stale old NRA talking points.  Today the points-du-jour seem to be:

    (a)  "We can stop this by taking guns out of the hands of the mentally ill," and

    (b)  "Let's just do something about semi-automatic rifles and leave it at that."  

    The first point is bogus.  Overwhelmingly, most violence is not by mentally ill people, and overwhelmingly, the mentally ill are not violent.  

    The second point is also bogus.  The problem is all guns.  For every mass murder, there are countless individual murders with all kinds of weapons that aren't semi-automatic rifles.  

    •  The mental illness argument (1+ / 0-)
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      Eikyu Saha

      is not only making me sick, it's scaring the hell out of me. Mental illness is more likely to make many sufferers suicidal, not homicidal. (As you pointed out.) There's a lot of people who think you can end murder by shooting anyone who is mentally ill. Not only do they want to return to the Wild West shooting gallery, they have taken away all of the progress mental health care has made.

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