Re: Are guns extropian?

Hara Ra (
Thu, 16 Jul 1998 23:23:52 -0700

>To address the primary problem:
>We need to identify the root causes of violence and it's spread.

  1. child abuse
  2. poverty

>If we could eliminate illegal drugs as a consideration, how many
>instances of violence would fade away?

IMO, about 50%. Domestic violence would remain, as well as political and military.
>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..

It's called prevention. In the late 1800s public health officials were given sufficient power to force sanitation and water purity. A similar approach, treating violence as a public health problem could be implemented if there was the political will for it.

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