The Economics and Politics of Guns and Gun Control

In light of what happened in Massachusetts last night and Sparks on Monday, I have created this post for any and all political discussion on the issue of gun control.

Stefano says:

October 23, 2013 at 7:01 am (Edit)

I am incredibly relieved to hear that your daughter is safe and was not affected by the latest crazy shooting “incident”.
As to what happened, I am perfectly aware of how divided people are on this issue and all the huge financial interests that are at play for the gun industry, but I think that as a citizen and a parent of a school-age child I would be much happier to hear that serious effort were finally made to pass legislation that would restrict access to guns and subject those that are already out there to local authorities’ supervision and their owners to background and sanity checks. Then by all means, let’s change the name of the school to honor yet another hero teacher who, much like in the case of Newtown, sacrificed his life to save those of his students, but I would rather see our schools keep their names because we actually did something to try to stop this madness and to keep our kids and their teachers alive and well. How many more will need to die in vain before we remind ourselves that we have a conscience and we should do something about it?

the drunken cyclist says:

October 23, 2013 at 7:11 am (Edit)

Well said Stefano. “How many more will need to die?” You will never eliminate gun violence, but unless you take a stance and try, you are complicit in what is going on.

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3 comments on “The Economics and Politics of Guns and Gun Control

  1. Duff's Wines says:

    I am appalled by the recurring occasions of violence in the world but feel particularly for those that live in the US and their almost daily experience with catastrophic gun violence. And it is inspirational to hear of this teacher’s courage. I sit at a distance from this debate but don’t feel smug just heart broken. Comments to date about political will and courage to actually do something are right on. Review Australia’s battle for gun control and the political suicide that the endorsers committed by passing – all for the good of the country. We all need courage like this from our leaders. What is so hard to understand? Guns are fabricated to kill people; certain people shouldn’t have guns for a variety of reasons because they are likely to be irresponsible or deadly with them. Many countries have figured out how to allow responsible citizens to have guns without arming everyone so to speak. Wish I had the answer because the pain that people experience at the hands of the armed is palpable, so very troubling, and sadly about to happen again and again.

  2. There is something really wrong with gun control laws in a country where the likelihood of dying as a result of gun violence is much higher than any other developed country. I agree with Jeff – when we don’t even try to do anything, we are complicit in the problem. We shouldn’t worry about children dying in a shooting.

  3. I applaud that you open a discussion on this topic–I only wish I had something insightful, helpful, problem-solving to contribute.

    The fact that there is “debate” about this has me not only bamboozled, but grieved and confused. To say that the current fire arms regulations are just fine the way they are, shows a complete lack of understanding as well as a lack of respect for human life. Yes, the wackos who fire the weapons are scary, but the people who fight against tougher regulations terrify me even more than the crazies who manage to get their hands on those too-easy-to-get weapons.

    I’ve regretfully concluded that it’s impossible to have any kind of intelligent conversation with reactive mobs who blatantly refuse to think.

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