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Angry Gun Control Debate Does Collateral Damage

knochel Wrote: Jan 30, 2013 3:22 PM
Why is it appropriate to further enhance school security because of what happened in Sandy Hook? If we put 1 guard in each of the ~100,000 public schools in the US at $40,000 per year, that is $4 billion. Divide that by 20 students and that comes out to $200 million dollars for each student murdered. Now, obviously, more students were killed in public schools throughout the year, but incidences like Sandy Hook are very rare.

The Great Gun Debate shows American political discourse at its irrational worst; with both left and right promoting panic and hysteria that distracts attention from the nation’s truly menacing problems. Instead of addressing crushing deficits, economic stagnation, political gridlock, and the erosion of middle-class security, politicians and pundits obsess over gun violence—one of the few challenges where the United States has made dramatic progress in recent years.

How can the president and his supporters work themselves into a self-righteous lather over minor regulatory adjustments that have been tried before with no measurable impact on the rate of firearms...