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Originally posted by zedVSzardoz
shootings aside, we can talk about the massive spike in the crime rate
Originally posted by Milkflavour
reply to post by rockoperawriter
Well, I'm not too sure what you were driving at there mate, i don't mean to be critical but it was a bit hard to read. I think maybe we have our wires crossed here. I'm not advocating a gun ban (not that it's up to me or any of my business except that you asked what my thoughts on education were) and I thought I was fairly clear on that. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear enough.
I'll restate my position here and try to be concise:
I don't believe banning guns will solve anything.
I think some form of educating people on proper weapons handling and safe storage would be helpful, as 'cav' states at the top of this page, this most recent shooting may well have been prevented if the weapons used were properly stored.
I think the stats on gun violence are incomplete as there is no information on what percentage of crimes committed involve legally obtained weapons (or if there is they are not broadcast even half as much as the overall crime stats). This makes it difficult to ascertain where resources should be directed and what areas of policy could/should be targeted. the process of legally obataining weapons is a very social event. be it at a store, in my town, you go in fill out one form, talk shop, have some coffee, and a few benjamins later, you got a fine weapon of preference. it's best to exhibit delighted anticipation through subtle almost comical inflection, as for crime by legally obtained guns we got suicides, meth related domestic disputes etc. not a lot of massacres unless you talk to crazyhorse or sitting bull but they nabbed custer
Edit: I'm not saying its a cop out, and I'm not suggesting it's a conscious denial of the likely truth. I'm just saying it's easier for people to process and gives them an outlet and a focus (or enemy/scapegoat) for the emotions and thoughts they are trying to deal with.
the more i look into this event in human history it seems like a false flag to me with inconsistencies in key people in the events that took place. remembering the city of my birth, i have seen death the likes of which give me nightmares even though these events were early on in my life some accidental some intentional. one thing that woke me up is human ruthlessness in a metropolitan area. red, blue, you get the picture. i move a few hundred miles away and when you're in the woods, nobody gets down, behind something when they hear a gunshot. took me five years to get over the fact that these gunshots were at deer, metal trashcans, beer/soda cans, and whatever was in season at the time. the first time i ever fired a weapon i was 14, early november, those pumpkins went down and we all went back inside, field stripped and cleaned some rifles. the first positive connection i made with guns was successful in shaping my logic and quelling my stigma about guns in a hands on family oriented cold get up at sunrise to bother and tease the neighbors, have a laugh and some cold medicineedit on 23-12-2012 by rockoperawriter because: (no reason given)