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#117 - kmichel (06/21/2014) [-]
I usually post about gun rights on the Yahoo News forums, and make a copy of all my responses because I don't see the point in repeatedly typing variations of the same thing. The following is copy and paste Frankenstein from my responses this year about gun rights, and thought I'd post it since people seem to be having a serious discussion here. Take from it what you will.

"We must accept that mass murder and isolated killings are a necessary price to pay for the constitutional right to bear arms. You can't put price on this right, even if the currency is human lives. Otherwise, where is the limit? It's easy to argue that society should strive for zero murders, but putting that into practice would severely restrict our freedom and happiness.

There is plenty we can do to make us safer without infringing on that right. We already have mandatory background checks in many states, and national bans on the production of new automatic weapons for civilians. We're closing loopholes at gun shows, and banning felons and the mentally ill from owning guns. We should target the inner city, where 70-80% of the 11,000 annual gun murders occur due to gang violence. Dismantle this aggressive urban culture through education at school, aggressively locate the sources of illegal guns, and promote better parenting at home. Teach kids about gun safety, or if that's too controversial, make conflict management a mandatory class in school. Find out why our society is ill and treat the root cause, rather than the symptom. Make this the responsibility of the federal government, since politicians on a fixed 2-year term prefer short-term solutions that can be quantified as proof of their hard work. This amounts to throwing money around and banning things, which sound good on paper but accomplish next to nothing. Effective strategies will take time, and you cannot count on individual politicians to bother with them."

#119 to #117 - kmichel (06/21/2014) [-]
Social media trivializes social relationships, and lessens the value of human life. Violence in all of its forms, whether on TV, in video games, or in our own foreign policy reflects the violence of the members of our society. An aggressive, lazy, ignorant, and proudly poor subculture in America's inner cities keeps the local murder rate high.

However, it is actually decreasing throughout the country. Murder rates have been steadily decreasing since 1991. In 1991, there were 27,400 murders. In 1997, there were 18,208 . That dropped to 16,528 in 2003, and 14,772 in 2010. In 2012, the murder rate was the same, and 2013 was one of the safest years in decades in terms of murders in cities.

School shootings are also not as big a problem as the media would have you believe. Out of 50 million K-12 students, 26 were killed in school shootings last year, a rate of 0.00005%, 70X less than the gun murder rate in the US (100%*11,200 murders / 316 million people). Contrast this to 7,500 drunk driving deaths, and 2,400 suicides, and 500 deaths by obesity in the same year, also among teens. School shootings are sources of good ratings for morally bankrupt media outlets that don't care about the fact that their constant coverage is emboldening new shooters through the prospect of notoriety. However, this also reflects the irrationality of the public, and the unequal and unfair weight we put on the value of life ended by a gun versus any other means.
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