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    while it is certainly true that there seems to have been an amazing degree of forbearance in terms of the potential for slaughter that exists in an America where so many families possess military-style weapons....and that lack of open warfare may indicate the degree to which the right's violent rhetoric is detached from everyday reality...yet

    "Family" is precisely who we are most likely to kill. Most of us, of course, don't kill anyone. But those who do kill, mostly, kill family.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 11:11:44 AM PDT

    •  Actually, even though I'm not certain (0+ / 0-)

      what numbers,
      what statistics,
      you have in mind,
      saying most homicides
      are homicides in which
      the killer and the deceased
      are family to each other,
      even if that's true,
      you missed something else:

      In America,
      the homicide rate
      is well under half
      the suicide rate.

      The suicide rate.

      Since the suicide rate
      is well over twice the homicide rate,
      that gives me the feeling
      that Americans are simply not very likely
      to kill each other
      in large batches,
      because of a desire to kill
      the "other."

      But our one big civil war
      may have shown that you're correct:
      when Americans got started
      killing each other by the thousands,
      it may have been
      with the full feeling
      of killing family.

      Maybe I'm just indulging
      in wishful thinking.

      Time will tell.

      Bringing a child into the world at this point in history is a crime, the crime of child endangerment.

      by bigjacbigjacbigjac on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 03:47:46 AM PDT

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