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A step toward gun control?

December 31, 2012

So what do you think? After the mass murder of 26 people, 20 of them children, small children, do we finally have the nerve to do the right thing? Do we, or are we going to bow to the demands of......

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Regelski

Feb-27-13 12:55 PM

Maybe the issue is misnamed: not gun control but gun reform. We need laws that are relevant to current gun problems and that can and are enforced. Recently, for example, it was calculated that the killer of all those children had only to change magazines twice, instead of six times. Given the fact that the change of magazines is crucial (under the stress of the moment: that's when citizens stepped in for the Congress woman's Gifford's assassination attempt) why doesn't it make sense to limit that possibility? Is the inconvenience of target shooters to be privileged against the welfare of citizens and children? I think not! Odd, that no one has responded to this article; not even my usual opponents on this topic.

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Regelski

Feb-23-13 1:00 PM

You've stunned them speechless--or they've given up on anyone who sees things as clearly as you do.

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Regelski

Feb-23-13 1:00 PM

You've stunned them speechless--or they've given up on anyone who sees things as clearly as you do.

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Regelski

Feb-20-13 1:07 PM

Perhaps success: your comments either can't be addressed by the usual claque of NRA avatars, or they haven't been watching. very intelligently argued. I wish more people who are in the majority would voice their support for your perspective. Congrats.

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Regelski

Feb-19-13 12:42 PM

So what do you think" the author writes? And the judgment stated is so solid that no one, even the NRA fear mongers has responded with their usual vile? I'm open to discussion on this issue, despite opening myself open to cyber attacks of various kinds. There is a well-confirmed finding by social scientists that those who oppose anything take the upper hand. I would wish to support the argument and hope that others will, too.

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Regelski

Feb-18-13 12:41 PM

It's strange: no support or denial of this well-thought out judgment. Are we all given to the local populist defense and ideology that gun control is un-American, un-constitional, or can this be discussed and reasoned about? I'm open to this, but don't wish to get involved.If anyone reads my posts, an "ideology" is not just a system of ideas, but, in another framework, an imposition of those who wield power over those who do not, the assumption being that those without power don't know what's good for them. The corollary is that ideologues advance their interests and values as in the best interest for everyone, whether or not they agree. Power is not a matter or numbers, but the 'power' in this case of the NRA and its relatively small membership in relation to US population is itself an example of how money--support of this or that politician--dominates our lives. My kudos to the author who dares to challenge that domination. tom.regelski@helsinki.fi

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Regelski

Feb-17-13 1:47 PM

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Regelski

Feb-17-13 1:46 PM

Sadly, no one has replied to your plea. In essence, I agree that our country would be better off without guns--more or less like laws in the UK an Japan (consider the vast difference in stats about death by gun, including suicide) Nonetheless, I'm willing to concede the preferences of hunter and target shooters, as long as they're responsible. By responsible I mean "responsible for their fellows and for the rest of the public." This, to me, means, to start with, their own handling of guns. (I survived an encounter with a hunter--on my land--who took me for a deer, or maybe a liberal.) This involves, in particular, their continuing action in support of gun control legislation that insures that guns are not in improper hands (blaming the mental health of people is not a responsible action. It also entails ensuring that guns at home are secure from children and robbers. And, finally, that they 'police' their peers who act un-responsibly. tom.regelski@helsinki.fi

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