> Noid wrote:
>> If these individuals didn't use a gun to kill, I'm sure they'd still find other
>> terrible ways to carry out their grim plans, be it explosives, poisons, etc. Until
>> their mental behavior is either changed or restrained, they will find a way to
>> their unholy vengeance on the world. Enough talk about gun control; let's talk
>> P.S. 1984
is such a great book.
> Gun control isn't worth discussing for this reason. Bombs and poisons require skills
> that the average person doesn't have and/or are harder to kill multiple people with.
> A gun requires no special training to operate effectively. You just need to know
> which way to aim it, how to reload it, how to take it off safety and a group of people.
> But these kinds of comparison's are why we can never seriously talk about gun reform
> in this country so why bother. We have one side of the country who is apparently
> ok with living with mutliple gun massacres of innocent people a year as long as their
> rights aren't infringed and the other side has policitians too scared $hitless to
> do anything real about it.
> And as a person who graduated with a major in Psychology I find all this lip service
> paid to mental health to be disgusting. Why? Because its empty lip service. It means
> nothing. Its a straw man gun control advocates use to keep the focus away from the
> damage guns are doing to our society. First of all, Republicans do not understand
> mental health enough to understand treatment of mental illness. Secondly, treating
> the mentally ill in an effective and appropriate manner is expensive. Republicans
> aren't going to want to substantially increase funding for mental health services
> when they are too busy fighting each other on the right way to gut the taxes of the
> uber wealthy. Finally, the success of mental health treatment is largely dependent
> on the patients ability and willingness to follow the treatment process to the letter.
> Unless the party that keeps screaming "slippery slope" wants to force people to get
> treatment then treatment may not work.
> But all that's neither here nor there. We have another thread in this forum for arguing
> about guns.
You downplayed things like bombs and poisons pretty dismissively. But, what about vehicular homicide? Nuts getting behind the wheel and just mowing down dozens upon dozens of pedestrians is seeing an alarming increase. So, naturally, we need to ban automobiles, right?!