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  •  Not only that, but a violent mentally ill person (3+ / 0-)
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    odenthal, RockyMtnLib, CA wildwoman

    may well follow the path of least resistance to commit the deed, but may well not have the patience or indeed the anger to learn how to build a bomb, go out and acquire the parts, assemble and deliver it. Or it may take so long to do so that that particular idea loses its urgency, momentum, ...

    Not all mentally ill people are mentally ill all the time. For many, the illness is triggered situationally, or comes and goes for some other reason. That's what "I'm having a good day" means.

    No. If you want to prevent more attrocities commited for high body counts with maximum fire power, the surest way is to remove the firepower.
    A) it's one of the only common elements to all such events and
    B) It's the simplest solution. Much easier than trying to figure out who is or will be capable and likely to do such things at any given moment.

    Which is more important: safe citizens, or people having their guns?
    That's what it comes down to.

    Mass shootings are still rare enough that most of us will never see one in person.
    The means to commit them are not so rare. Remove the means, decrease the shootings.

    And it may just be me, but my mind equates the dogged stubborness of our nation to allow such easy access and the reluctance of citizens to consider strict gun control with stubborn children stamping their feet when they aren't allowed to have a toy. They need to grow up and do what's best for the country.
    The NRA wouldn't like it, but f*ck the NRA.

    I believe in democracy, civil liberties, and the rule of law. That makes me a liberal, and I’m proud of it. - Paul Krugman

    by Gentle Giant on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 12:03:35 PM PST

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    •  The NRA is out of the debate, IMO (1+ / 0-)
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      CA wildwoman

      However, if you want to pass meaningful gun control regulations, you're going to have to get a lot of people on board that simply don't trust the Democrats.  Banning guns is not politically feasible, so we have to look at what can be most effective.

      We need to focus on the "well regulated" part of the second amendment.  We need our leaders to pass laws that will keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people but be careful not to infringe on what a significant portion of the country believes is a human right whether we all agree or not or else any legislation proposed is a non-starter.  I'd like to see some progress made even if it makes the purity extremists on both sides upset.

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