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  •  In the state of New York (1+ / 0-)
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    registration is now the law.
    People who have harmed nobody are being deemed criminals by the state if they possess certain weapons or fail to register their guns. Actual criminals will be unaffected by this law, except as an extra charge when they get caught robbing or shooting someone with their unregistered gun.

    I'm 100% with you on mental health access and early intervention for kids (and others) with problems. Every one of these recent mass shooters exhibited signs of serious problems, yet no help was offered, or it was too little too late, or as in the case of the VA Tech guy, his mental issues were not reported to NICS.

    I have noted a lack of discussion too about law enforcement efforts focused on actual known criminals, who are responsible for a large number of murders. The city of Hartford, CT, achieved a 40% reduction in murders in one year by concentrating their efforts on known criminals.

    The short form is that Hartford law enforcement worked to:

    • predict retaliatory shootings
    • identify potential future shooters or victims
    • establish a regional stolen firearms protocol
    • target the city's most violent criminals

    Note what is missing from this list (and the news story). Absolutely no mention of making it harder for law-abiding, peaceful citizens to acquire firearms.

    We need to make sure we don't ignore the low hanging fruit here... Events like the Giffords shooting or Sandy Hook get huge headlines, but the great majority of murders are in urban settings, often gang violence and criminals shooting other criminals, one victim at a time, and barely a blip on the news report unless innocents are caught in the crossfire.

    "A lie is not the other side of a story; it's just a lie."

    by happy camper on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:02:41 AM PST

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    •  yep...many different problems... (1+ / 0-)
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      with many different solutions needed.

      the other day I saw a pro-gun'r complaining that he was for improved background checks...and he wished he could find a pro-gun control'r that supports the same...without wanting all guns on the planet banned.

      I think most on both sides agree on many subjects...yet are just yelling past each other...thank you for the reasonable discussion.

      We are not broke, we are being robbed.

      by Glen The Plumber on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 04:06:18 PM PST

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