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A thought re: gun violence
Before I begin, I will state that I manage to piss off purists on both sides of the gun control debate by being both a NRA-accredited Sharpshooter, 1st Bar (although I haven't fired a gun since HS), and in favor of fairly strict gun control.
But, when I look at all the gun violence today, it occurs today that this level of violence didn't exist in, say, the 1950s. Meanwhile, there was probably less gun control then than there is today. Clearly, the cause of violence such as we saw in VT, or in Philly, or anywhere else in the US, is not merely the easy access to guns.
It does strike me, though, that what may have resulted in a fistfight in the '50s today results in gunplay. In the past, if a two guys had an argument, it ended up w/a fistfight; today, it ends up w/one or both sides firing guns, often taking down innocent bystanders in the process.
Is society as a whole that much more violent today that people reach for a gun rather than ball up a fist? Are people that unsure of their ability to duke it out that they feel the need for a weapon instead? Let it be said that drive-by sluggings + stabbings are perilously rare.
If the problem is a society-wide one, and a deep one at that, what can be done to resolve it? You can't legislate people's levels of violence, can you? How do you lower the level of violence in a society? Fewer wars to solve problems comes to mind; the US' first option far too often has been to bomb the heck out of people, and people in society as a whole learn from that. Do you censor music, TV, movies? I sure hope not, but I'm sure people have societal violence in mind when they call for governmental regulation of the media.
Thoughts, people? If all we do after each violent episode is the equivalent of shaking our heads and saying 'tut tut,' things aren't going to change, they really aren't. People have to do more than express concern- we have to *do* something. The thing is, what do you do?