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At 06:57 PM 7/10/98 +1200, you wrote:
>Correct me if I'm wrong; it appears that you're advocating a society
>where everybody is armed to allow individuals to protect themselves
>against other 'dysfunctional' members of the society. IMHO this is
>addressing a secondary problem (ie. a recognized problem which is
>actually caused by a primary, unidentified problem).
>The primary problem is that the number of 'dysfunctional' members
>seems to be increasing. Arming everybody is simply masking the
>primary problem. The number of murders and other violent acts might
>decrease, but the number of people capable of the act remains the
>same. This is not something which can be solved by purely
>technological means (whether gun, or ray-taser - raser?) - there is
>single magic bullet solution (sorry, couldn't help myself).
>Creating a society whose principles revolve around rationality,
>thought and individual responsibility is definitely part of the
To address the primary problem:
We need to identify the root causes of violence and it's spread.
We need to identify the root causes of violence and it's spread.IMO, one big reason today is the war on some drugs that just got a billion dollar shot in the arm from the govt.
If we could eliminate illegal drugs as a consideration, how many instances of violence would fade away? The media in turn would no longer be reporting either the violence or glorifying the lifestyles illegal drugs entail. A feedback loop would be broken.
With the savings realized by not fighting this useless war, we can spend a pittance ($billions?) on research into root causes of self destructive and criminal behavior, and just maybe find a fix or two..
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