>From: Dana Hedberg <email@example.com>
>In this debate, people who are against guns (or are for stricter gun
>laws/enforcement, etc.) I think are missing a vital point. They want
>blanket "punishments" for the actions a limited few. As well, it seems
>they can't see the forest for the trees. They continually point to the
>weapon as the problem. Some go a bit further and say it's access to the
>weapon, or accountability of the people/dealers/NRA/parents that give
>them access to weapons. In actuality it's the mentality/psychological
>make-up of the person that uses a gun (or any weapon for that matter) to
>be destructive against another person(s). Oh, to be sure, there are
>people who ask the question why. But the answer is either too complex or
>too frightening to understand that very little is done on this front.
>Too many people are willing to pronounce guns as evil and ignore the
>fact that there was a person behind that weapon using it for ill. There
>was a person with a *reason* for using that weapon the way they did.
>That is where the issue lies.
No question. I *absolutely* agree with you. I just figured it would be a
lot easier to take the gun out of the psychopath's hand than it would be to
take the pathology out of his head. If you think there's a practical way to
legislate against pathology, count me in, I'm all for it.
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