The Price of Gun Control

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    Dec 15, 2012 1:11 AM GMT
    A well-balanced article. The author here debunks the logic behind gun control and manages to stay focused and neutral:

    http://harpers.org/blog/2012/07/the-price-of-gun-control/
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    Dec 15, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    "Rosenthal is wrong, by the way, that politicians haven’t addressed gun violence. They have done so brilliantly, in a million different ways, which helps explain why the rate of violent crime is about half what it was twenty years ago. They simply haven’t used gun control to do it. Gun laws are far looser than they were twenty years ago, even while crime is plunging—a galling juxtaposition for those who place their faith in tougher gun laws. The drop in violence is one of our few unalloyed public-policy success stories, though perhaps not for those who bemoan an “epidemic of gun violence” that doesn’t exist anymore in order to make a political point.

    It’s true that America’s rate of violent crime remains higher than that in most European countries. But to focus on guns is to dodge a painful truth. America is more violent than other countries because Americans are more violent than other people. Our abundant guns surely make assaults more deadly. But by obsessing over inanimate pieces of metal, we avoid looking at what brings us more often than others to commit violent acts. Many liberal critics understand this when it comes to drug policy. The modern, sophisticated position is that demonizing chemicals is a reductive and ineffective way to address complicated social pathologies. When it comes to gun violence, though, the conversation often stops at the tool, because it is more comfortable to blame it than to examine ourselves."

    Liberals need to read this badly.
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    Dec 15, 2012 1:25 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI think Chicago alone will match or exceed the entire number of gun deaths in all of Canada. So, mental gymnastics aside, it's possible the author is an idiot. Or that you're an idiot. But I'm sure glad that we don't have the same policies you guys do.

    Not reading the article...been sucked into too many "goatse" moments by conservatards.

    Harper's is a VERY liberal/progressive magazine. The author himself is a progressive, as he mentions things like universal health care and climate change as important issues to address.

    He just manages to debunk gun control without sounding like Ted Nugent. Yes, it IS possible to do that.
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    Dec 15, 2012 1:27 AM GMT
    yourname2000 saidI think Chicago alone will match or exceed the entire number of gun deaths in all of Canada. So, mental gymnastics aside, it's possible the author is an idiot. Or that you're an idiot. But I'm sure glad that we don't have the same policies you guys do.

    Not reading the article...been sucked into too many "goatse" moments by conservatards.

    Chicago has some of the most strict gun control laws possible, BTW.
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    Dec 15, 2012 2:12 AM GMT
    " by obsessing over inanimate pieces of metal, we avoid looking at what brings us more often than others to commit violent acts. "

    WHAT BRINGS US MORE OFTEN THAN OTHERS TO COMMIT VIOLENT ACTS?

    According to RedState.com, the most important conservative site, IT'S BECAUSE

    WE DON'T ALL WORSHIP THE SAME GOD.

    http://www.redstate.com/2012/12/14/coming-together/

    Freedom of religion? YES, as long as your religion is Jesus-based.