In so sick of these shootings. Something has to stop this.
What do you think that the answer is? Me personally I think that it lies with mental health. I think that if we take some of the money that we are putting into the prison system and reinvest it into the mental health we would be able to help a lot more people. This way they will not feel that they need to go on these mass killings in order to kill themselves.
I respectfully disagree. We need much, much tighter gun control laws in the US. Mental health reform is of course good, but it's not the issue. These mass shootings account for a minor percentage of all the shootings that occur in the US.
Seriously, we need both: better care for our sick citizens and better controls on firearms and their use. There are people who proudly proclaim after events like this that everything that should be done to prevent shootings is already being done. Apparently, needless violence is a unavoidable consequence of living in a free society.
I actually used to argue this point. I would say "in order to be able to one day fight off a tyrannical government, one must accept a certain amount of violent crime on society." It's just that, I wouldn't consider myself a member of a "well regulated militia", even though my government says I am a member of it. We need to reform the definition of militia to something faaar more reasonable
How did the US get to the point where "well regulated" means every redneck and their cousin?
The common interpretation is that militia is self-regulatory
Should we ban kitchen knives as well? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Mass_stabbings
I'm not advocating that we ban everything that may or may not be used as a weapon. My comments are strictly structured around guns.
And why are they strictly structured around guns? There are many other weapons used to harm many people at the hands of one.
True, but guns are used far more often. It's illogical to ban knifes, because there, are many, many non-lethal uses for knifes. Guns however (hunting, self-defense, or otherwise) are meant to do one thing: kill. I'm not advocating we can all guns either. There are many people in this country who still hunt for sustenance and/or sell the meat.
Guns don't seem to be the reason for this, in fact it looks like the relationship of homicides per guns owned is inversely correlated.
For one thing, stop giving out the killers name and manifesto. Then mental health care, and better enforcement of gun laws.
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The second amendment has jack shit to do with this. If someone wants to kill people bad enough then they will get a weapon somehow.
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And none of these are before 2000
Why do we believe that the government/authorities are able to stop so many terrorists that really want to harm us, and yet have no faith in the system to protect us from from random people living in the country who want to kill people? Maybe the won't stop it 100% of the time, but even if they can stop it 50% of the time, we would save a lot of lives. But..second amendment.. ?
Mmm.. This guy had criminal history and was active online.
Dylan Roof (A month ago.. Shooting in the church) had a website.
Also, a terrorist has a lot more financial backing, obsesses over hurting people and is far more organised. Still the system manages to keep us safe from them, because laws help them to do so. Joe Shmo has fewer resources at his disposal. The only advantage is that he lives in our neighborhood.. And we allow him to walk to a shop and buy guns.
Second amendment is one of a broad range of potential solutions to mass shooter issues, but the statistical rate of mass shooting deaths is incredibly low. Fed statistics say that more people are sent to the emergency room by their bathroom fixtures than mass shooters, and many times over more people are killed by ladders.