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  •  I think there's a link (2+ / 0-)
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    SwedishJewfish, gerrilea

    The destruction of the family unit, does subject young people to influences - "foster parenting" - by less than socially accepted role models.

    I'm not in-favor of easy access to firearms by youth, at all.
    Training, adult supervision, and an understanding that there's no walking away from pulling a trigger.

    In Bridgeport, I saw the destruction of low wage jobs, held by two parents, raising their families.  Bridgeport became a poster child for what went wrong in formerly industrialized small cities.
    The jobs left, as it was cheaper to either fold up the tent and move production offshore, or just plain quit - as the profit margins were too low for investment in modernization to comply with OSHA and EPA regulations.
    No jobs, retail flight, urban decay, failing schools, violent neighborhoods and projects.  Drugs were the new industry.

    I didn't click your links, as I'm familiar with Operation Ceasefire.  
    Structure, incentive, education, hope, a future.
    Much as we've discussed in our other comments here today.
    It comes to ending the perceived NEED for a gun.
    Making them less available to the worst actors, by improving and enforcing the NICS background check will twist the handle on the supply faucet.
    I'm heartened by your discourse, that PROGRAMS such as Operation Ceasefire, and not "meaningful legislation" is of greatest good.

    If Dianne Feinstein wants to do something substantial?
    Fix the mental health care system.
    Get the NRA to sign-onto single-payer mental health coverage.  Relax the magazine capacity ban in return for passage of the single-payer mental health care and reporting provisions.
    Max Baucus will shit, reason-enough right there.

    Fix the data reporting, and the "if we get around to it" aspect of States filing reports to the NICS database.

    Enact a doubling of the excise taxes on sales of guns and ammunition, and fund programs such as Operation Ceasefire.

    End the War on Drugs, and do as Portugal.  
    Treat it as an addiction, not a income stream benefitting the for-profit prison system.

    Ban rifle magazines over 30 rounds, handgun magazines over 15 rounds.  It's low hanging fruit.  1/100th of a percent of gun owners will insist that's just wrong.
    As stated above, make it a quid pro quo with the NRA.

    Another benefit:
    It's not going to fund the gunmakers, when the new law requires gun owners to purchase 100,000 five and ten-round magazines @ $20-$60 each, for bits of metal and plastic.
    Gun magazines are like floor mats for your new car. 90% pure profit for the auto company and dealership.

    Change the provisions of the GCA '68 from "felons" to "persons convicted of a crime of violence".
    I'm not worried about the accountant, pot grower, nor tax cheat.

    I am worried about the person who's evaded felony conviction, but has misdemeanor convictions for crimes of violence.  We've done it for misdemeanor crimes of Domestic Violence, and it's working.

    Look for the patterns, leading to violence and homicide.  Prohibit firearms possession by those people inclined to put their hands on others, and we'll do a better job of protecting our citizens.

    •  Wow, I finally understand your position more (1+ / 0-)
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      than I ever have.  This makes sense and would do the most to help us all move beyond the destruction we created.

      Thank you.

      -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

      by gerrilea on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:37:39 PM PST

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      •  thank SwedishJewfish for prying it out (2+ / 0-)
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        gerrilea, Otteray Scribe

        Tip O'Neill would be the first to make a deal which accomplished an "impossible" goal.
        I believe we can accomplish something of real value in single-payer mental health care coverage, protect many suicidal people already under diagnosis from obtaining firearms at retailers, and lessen the chances of another mass shooting by a person with known psychosis.
        The NRA has spendable political capital, and would get a quid pro quo in return.

        I'd hold the line on comprehensive use of the NICS, and bans on extended capacity magazines.

        Get those two things done, and we're further down the road than ever-before possible.

        Double the gun and ammo taxes, and fund alternative to gangs outreach.  I hadn't thought of that until SwedishJewfish mentioned it.  It works better than sending a 16 year old to adult prison, so run with it.

        I truly believe the "felons" in the GCA '68 was all about taking guns from persons of color, and had everything to do with the NOI, and BPP.
        Doctor King was not shot with a military rifle, nor a "saturday night special".  But the GCA '68 was sold to the black community as necessary.  Do it for Medgar Evers, for Martin Luther King Jr..  Call your Congressman.

        Since '68 we've taken guns from many "felons" who have never committed a violent act.  
        While leaving those who do violence, and have the means and resources to avoid felony conviction, in-possession of firearms.
        That's nuts.

        That too should change, but I don't see it happening, as like the war on drugs, there are vested interests at work, keeping the status, quo.

        •  The true puppet masters were recently revealed (1+ / 0-)
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          for us, wasn't it?


          We don't need a tax increase on end user products, hell seize their assets under current drug forfeiture laws and spread the wealth.

          They have over $2.3 Trillion in assets and make $38 billion a year.

          I really am all about Equity Under Law, you know.

          -7.62; -5.95 The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.~Tesla

          by gerrilea on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:44:43 PM PST

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