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The Right Way to Combat Gun Violence

Dianne87 Wrote: Feb 24, 2013 11:10 AM
discussion. As far as mental health is concerned, there is a basic problem. Serious mental issues manifest themselves mostly in the late teens to early twenties. However, once over 18, only the mentally disturbed person themselves can commit themselves to a mental health facility. Perhaps allowing a parent or guardian along with a doctor's approval, a seriously disturbed individual can be committed once they are over 18.

Public policy is a lot like math: No matter what the problem, the wrong answers are far more numerous than the right ones. This is particularly true on the subject of mass shootings and other firearms violence, which have stimulated a new fervor for barking up the wrong tree.

Many liberals think the answer to mass shootings and street crime lies in stricter gun regulation: banning "assault weapons," limiting the capacity of magazines or, in their unrestrained moments, adopting ultra-stringent laws like those in Britain or Australia.

But most of these ideas are irrelevant or impossible. Even if the...

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