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A False Sense of Security

ca7 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 3:59 PM
"But in the long run, is it really doing anyone a service to pretend that there is a "one step" answer that will work, when evidence indicates -- over and over -- that it isn't one factor but many that result in this kind of evil and the resulting suffering?" Having already acknowledged the fact that there is no one step to take and no one is pretending that there is an easy solution, is it really doing anyone a service to do nothing and not even attempt to find ways to minimize the occurrence of mass slaughter in our country? Doesn't that attempt have to start with some initial steps?
Steve1287 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 4:07 PM
The problem is that people with political axes to grind are promulgating SOLUTIONS first, without discussion and without determining if the solution they propose even has a bearing on the problem, and without consideration of the law of unintended consequences. So let the DISCUSSION begin...without preconceived solutions and intentions. With a firmly OPEN mind.
ca7 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 4:28 PM
Steve, I agree with your post. Very thoughtful. I would like to point out, however, that both sides need to come to this discussion with an open mind. With the exception of some extreme liberals that don't have any real power, no one is suggesting a ban on all guns in this country. They are mostly misrepresented that way. On the other hand, there are many people (including columnists and posters right here on this website) that completely reject the idea of any sort of gun restrictions. That idea is off the table even before they get to the table. I'm not sure how a discussion begins in this case but I do think you are right.
Becca in TX Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 5:47 PM
Steve-The problem there is that they don't really care if more gun control would be a solution-it's something that's on their agenda and they don't want to "let a crisis go to waste".
Becca in TX Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 5:50 PM
ca7-There are already lots of restrictions on gun ownership. It's already illegal to sell to someone who's been diagnosed with mental illness or to someone with a felony record. What new laws do you think would have stopped this? His mom bought these guns legally and had been teaching him to shoot them, so apparently she didn't have any idea that he was unbalanced.

This morning, when I took my children to school, there was a guard at the gate for the first time.  Obviously, the school intended it as a thoughtful gesture for anxious mothers.

But that's the point.  Most of the "solutions" being touted offer only a false sense of security.  To that point, Ron Fournier had a compelling piece in today's National Journal, titled "What If Nothing or Nobody is to Blame for Adam Lanza?"  Fournier writes:

What if there is nothing or nobody to blame? Would that make this inexplicable horror unbearable?

What if we didn't rush to judgement?...