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Following is an LTE, addressing the opinion of a regular contributor that gun control doesn't work, what's needed is better mental health care, yadda:

I’m afraid I can’t buy ___'s argument that gun control doesn’t, and can’t, work.  Intelligently crafted legislation could, and would, gradually diminish the availability of firearms and, thus, the number of firearm-related crimes, as it has in Australia, the UK, Switzerland, and a few other garden spots.  The problem is that we are not capable, at present, of intelligently crafted legislation, not least because rather more than half our legislators at the federal level either are not intelligent, or are incapable of going against the arms industry and the small minority of gun owners who don’t realize that Wayne LaPierre is completely nuts.

So I’ll go ahead and grant him the vanishingly small likelihood that we’ll have effective regulation in the foreseeable future, and hop aboard the call for greater mental health screening and therapy.  I will start with the suggestion that one rather obvious sign of mental ill-health is the perceived need to own firearms that are expressly designed for, and only for, exterminating large numbers of human beings.  It has a nice Catch-22 touch to it:  if you think you need a Bushmaster, or a Barrett, or a Saiga, or any of the plethora of high-capacity high-powered semi-auto or auto WMD out there, you clearly shouldn’t be licensed to own one and probably are a candidate for some high-intensity shrinkage, if not a built-to-suit rubber room.

And, yes, I’m a gun-owner, licensed to carry.

Originally posted to flagpole on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:55 PM PST.

Also republished by Bending the Buzz.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    The truth shall make ye fret... -William DeWorde

    by flagpole on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 07:55:59 PM PST

  •  I didn't (0+ / 0-)

    see a diary that claimed gun control can't or won't work.

    I did see one today that claimed regulation of guns is only part of the solution, and that even with gun regulation we will likely still see a lot of gun violence, and that because other countries with a lot of guns have less gun violence, we need to take into account a host of other factors as well.

    Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. Barack Obama

    by delphine on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:12:37 PM PST

  •  We don't need to craft . (4+ / 0-)
    The problem is that we are not capable, at present, of intelligently crafted legislation,
    We can plagiarize from Israel , Australia , England etc .  
    We could pick up a tested gun control system , lock , stock and barrel .

    "Drop the name-calling." Meteor Blades 2/4/11

    by indycam on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:23:08 PM PST

  •  I suspect you'll catch a lot of flack for this: (3+ / 0-)
    ... [i]f you think you need a Bushmaster, or a Barrett, or a Saiga, or any of the plethora of high-capacity high-powered semi-auto or auto WMD out there, you clearly shouldn’t be licensed to own one and probably are a candidate for some high-intensity shrinkage, if not a built-to-suit rubber room.
    I, however, happen to agree with you. I don't own a gun. I don't oppose all gun ownership, but I do oppose some types of weapons and certainly oppose large capacity mags/drums etc.

    202-224-3121 to Congress in D.C. USE it! You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage them. "We're not perfect, but they're nuts."--Barney Frank 01/02/2012

    by cany on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:27:25 PM PST

    •  But flagpole is on to something, we may have (2+ / 0-)
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      cany, Sandino

      finally found the WMDs that Bush never could locate, and for good reason - they were never in Iraq,they were here all along.

      Then they came for me - and by that time there was nobody left to speak up.

      by DefendOurConstitution on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 08:41:40 PM PST

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    •  I expect flack hereabouts (2+ / 0-)
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      cany, Sandino

      in my small rural community, the readership of this particular newspaper.  But probably not that much:  these are folks who use guns as tools, not halfwits in need of penis-extensions, and, while it doesn't get a lot redder, most people are pretty reasonable and wouldn't be any too comfortable with some loony caching heavy firepower.  Plus they know I'm a lefty whack-job (their perception) but a pretty popular one.

      Don't much care about other flack....

      The truth shall make ye fret... -William DeWorde

      by flagpole on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:51:39 PM PST

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  •  I was thinking about smokers in the 50s. (2+ / 0-)
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    cany, Sandino

    Do ya think they would have believed that smoking would be eliminated in all public places? Do the kids today believe that everybody use to smoke wherever the hell they wanted to? In stores, in the movies, on public transit.

    Saying something can't be done is like predicting the future. The prediction is seldom right.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:03:08 PM PST

    •  precisely (1+ / 0-)
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      Sandino

      As it happens, I'm a smoker as well as a gun owner, so I've been through the process once already.

      For the record, I have guns both as a very minor hobby (about on a par with playing pool:  fixation with physics) and because they impart a certain sense of security when one of our local bears decides to investigate the house more closely than is desirable.  I also wander around the high country a good bit, by myself; and I've used them to dispatch road-not-quite-kill deer that otherwise would have waited some hours before the state patrol came along to do the needful.

      There's a place for guns, as tools, but anybody who thinks he or she needs more than a small handful of rounds has something very unpleasant in mind.

      The truth shall make ye fret... -William DeWorde

      by flagpole on Mon Dec 24, 2012 at 09:46:24 PM PST

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