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yes of course. it was the

yes of course. it was the mere act of having a gun that caused sandy hook to go murder a bunch of elementary schoolers in cold blood. that is honestly the most ridiculous explanation i've heard yet. that is ignorant and offensive. how come none of the other millions of gun owners in america go commit school shootings regularly? when will you gun control supporters realize that just because somethings made illegal doesn't mean it will go away. in fact there will be more of these events, because there will be no good people with guns. do you not realize that every other country that has banned guns from civilians has had a huge increase in gun related crime? why don't you do a little real research on the subject instead of jumping to ridiculous conclusions like this

gun control

Anonymous, repeating NRA biolerplate, says:


This is simply false. Britain and Japan, eg, have almost no gun deaths. The casualty rates in the US far exceed those of any other comparable country.

Violence is ubiquitous, guns or no guns

"Japan's Violent Crime Rate at Record High, Nihon Keizai Says

Aug. 8, 2012 (Bloomberg) -- Japan had the highest number of murders, armed robberies and other violent crimes during the first six months of this year since it began keeping such data in 1989, the Nihon Keizai newspaper said, citing a police report."


"UK has highest violent crime rate in EU, higher rate than US and even South Africa"
From the UK Daily Mail in 2009:
"Britain's violent crime record is worse than any other country in the European union, it has been revealed. Official crime figures show the UK also has a worse rate for all types of violence than the U.S. and even South Africa - widely considered one of the world's most dangerous countries. The figures comes on the day new Home Secretary Alan Johnson makes his first major speech on crime, promising to be tough on loutish behaviour. . . .
The figures (were) compiled from reports released by the European Commission and United Nations."

Violence is ubiquitous, and if there are no guns available the violence is committed with knives, bombs, blunt instruments and bare hands. Human beings are violent creatures.

kfarrell wrote:
Anonymous, repeating NRA biolerplate, says:


This is simply false. Britain and Japan, eg, have almost no gun deaths. The casualty rates in the US far exceed those of any other comparable country.

guns or no guns

Annie's reply, sorry to say, sneaks around the issue. We're not talking about "crime rates," which could include stealing bicycles. Japan and the UK have almost no gun deaths. Crime is higher in the UK than the EU, but all of them have less atrocious gun violence than the US - which, by the way, has
the highest rate of imprisonment of any country in the world these days. Rampage killing with firearms is a much more regular copycat phenomenon in the US than in other countries. People
run amok in China, say, but knives kill far fewer people.

Great article.

Great article.

school shootings

when i was in grade school students brought guns th school every day. they where even mounted in plain sight, and you never heard of someone going on a shooting sprey in the schools.
We need to find the cause behind the actions of these individuals, and find a way to end the violence. Gun control,is not the answer.

the politically incorrect but true answer

It looks to me like we as a culture/society need to return to an earlier policy of keeping the truly crazy, violent, enraged and/or suicidal people securely housed in psychiatric hospitals so that they can't harm themselves or harm other people. (I think it was President Reagan who emptied and closed the psychiatric hospitals, allowing large numbers of truly dysfunctional individuals to wander around homeless. I think that was cruel.)

If a person is so dysfunctional that they are easily triggered into rage or suicidal ideation (they are highly impulsive, paranoid, and full of self-directed rage and/or other-directed rage), so much so *that they are on serious prescription medication*, then they genuinely need to have constant professional supervision to (A) make sure they take their medication and (B) make sure that they can't just wander around freely in their community, giving them easy access to transportation and weapons.

What we also badly need is massive research on the subject of ALL mental illnesses (and developmental disorders) that have violence as a common feature. We need to be more aware of "red flag" behaviors and situations that point to a high likelihood that a particular individual is approaching a "tipping point" and likely to commit mayhem against their self and/or against others.

Mental illness alone isn't the problem. Guns and other weapons alone are not the problem.

Its the COMBINATION of crazy people (who are not safely locked up) WITH guns that is the problem.

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Kirby Farrell, Ph.D.'s most recent book is Berserk Style in American Culture.


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