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    Roger Fox

    All sorts of practical measurement issues come up, but over the course of the several minutes it takes for the police to arrive, the average rate of fire is reduced by reloading time. Detachable magazines will be more relevant than the nature of the action.

    Now, your point was that we have to prevent mass homicides from starting, and that fractionally reducing the body count when they do is not a big help. I agree.

    •  Since I Didn't Say it Before (0+ / 0-)

      I ought to say that to the extent anybody in the pro gun community says that there are other parts to the problem we should be working on besides guns I completely agree with that.  I just get off the bus when somebody says that regulating guns can't possibly any part of the solution to the problem of gun deaths.  The NRA pitch of "it's everybody's fault but mine" just won't fly.

      I'm particularly interested in some recent discussions suggesting that there has been a correlation between the rise of prescription drug use for ADD/ADHD kids and increased incidence of mass violence when those kids grow up.  It may be that drugs like Ritalin mask problems without solving them, so that troubled kids grow up to be troubled adults without the problems really being dealt with, and leading to much more adult consequences.  Don't know if there's anything to it or not, and I know for sure it doesn't let the NRA off the hook, but it's another part of the puzzle that may be worth exploring.

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