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Dec. 22nd, 2012 | 10:08 am

So let me get this straight. Wayne LaPierre says the way to prevent "bad guys" from killing bunches of innocent kids in schools is to have armed "good guys" at every school. I wonder if he is referring to "good guys" such as Neil Gardner, the 15 year veteran of the Jefferson County Sherrif's department who was on had during the Columbine shooting but failed to stop it. He says it would be safer if more people were armed. Maybe he is referring to all the armed good guys at Fort Hood, which is possibly the most armed place in the world. He blames the violence in our country on video games (which, as we all know, are not available in other countries). Maybe he is referring to this:
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He ignores well-documented evidence that availability of guns is the only real indicator of gun violence.

The United States has approximately one firearm for every man, woman, and child of its population. Elimination of guns is simply not a realistic goal. So what do we do? We can start by placing the same requirements on gun ownership as we do on car ownership. Registration, proficiency exams, yearly inspections, licensing, and insurance. Yes, I know criminals will still get guns, but did you know that most guns used in mass shootings are procured legally, and most perpetrators of mass shootings are not criminals until the moment they pull the trigger? It makes perfect sense to end the manufacture and sale to the public of assault rifles, if only to prevent them becoming as ubiquitous as handguns, which is surely the aim of the NRA and its sugar daddy, the Gun Industry. Close the Gun Show Loophole, which allows anyone to buy anything in the parking lot of a gun show with no background check. "Fingerprint" all new guns, so the weapon used in any crime can be traced by its rifling characteristics. And, lastly, we can't take away everyone's guns, but we can control ammunition. Require registration and licensing of a weapon before you can buy bullets for it. add serial numbers to shell casings for tracking at crime scenes.

The NRA will fight every one of these actions tooth and nail, but even within their own membership there is broad support for reasonable gun control. All that is holding it up is conservative, largely Republican Senators and members of Congress who rely on the NRA for large yearly contributions.

The reason the NRA always trots out the slogan "Now is not the time to talk about gun control" right after a tragedy is that it is precisely the time when we need to be talking about it, when the public is painfully aware of the cost of letting these cold bastards own our legislative bodies.

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Kevin

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from: low_delta
date: Dec. 22nd, 2012 06:36 pm (UTC)
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Fort Hood, which is possibly the most armed place in the world.

I've heard that the only people allowed to have weapons on base are the MP's. Not sure if that's true.

have armed "good guys" at every school.

I don't think this idea is wrong, so much as it's not very effective.

I don't think video games add as much to the culture of gun violence, as does the culture of gun ownership. It's like a religion.

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i

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from: i
date: Dec. 22nd, 2012 07:56 pm (UTC)
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I think it's safe to say that security at the most populated US military base is higher than even the NRA would expect in a school.

I think armed guards at schools is definitely a bad idea, contributing to the whole culture of violence and gun ownership. In Central America every business and delivery truck is guarded by people with military hardware. It doesn't make one feel safer, but quite the opposite.

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Margaret

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from: rivendweller
date: Dec. 22nd, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
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I was watching Rachel Maddow the other night and was impressed with her piece about "gun buy-back" programs. Apparently they have been quite successful in ridding many communities of unwanted guns. It's a start, but by no means a solution.

I don't think registering of guns will work out very well. Most gun owners I know will simply balk and say "no way." I like the idea of ammo registration, though. And Chis Rock's idea: $5,000 per bullet!

I also re-watched "Bowling of Columbine" on Netflix. It is worth a re-watch after the Newtown tragedy. No easy answers. We have a big problem in the United States.


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i

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from: i
date: Dec. 22nd, 2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
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Many gun owners will balk and say "no way", but all new guns will be registered, and any unregistered gun discovered in the normal course of events, traffic stops, etc., can then be confiscated. Proof of gun registration in order to buy bullets would also help.

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James

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from: flashfire
date: Dec. 26th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
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With the buyback programs, I'd be curious to see if there was any idea of how many people took the money they got and just put it toward a newer, more powerful gun. I doubt that info is available, though.

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