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12/15/2012

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J. Hohn

Glad to hear I'm not the only one whose first reaction was anger. I'm struggling to find words to how that comes first, before fear or hurt or grief.

We have have strong, but opposing views about the 2nd Amendment-- I don't feel a need to re-hash all that just yet.

But I'm concerned that we so easily give in to the temptation to react emotionally to a "JUST-DO-SOMETHING!" impulse. The reality is that Sandy Hook changes nothing in terms of the relative validity of the arguments on either side, as far as I can tell. All of the back-and-forth now occurring doesn't represent a single *new* argument at all.

If that's true, then there's no reason we have to have a mad dash to implement some new policy-- we can take our time to explore the issue more thoroughly.

I'm not a hunter. I'm not opposed to hunting, and those I know that do hunt a responsible, well-adjusted people.

I don't own any guns (though I'd like to get a pistol for home/personal defense).

That said, between military service and other experiences with firearms, I can see how people actually do enjoy certain aspects of them. For one, shooting stuff is super fun. Blowing up watermelons, 2L bottles and stuff is just fun, there's no other way to say it.

I tend to favor liberty, even at heightened risk. The more we take away liberty, and responsibility with it, the more we tend to infantilize people. There's already far too much immaturity around as I see so many grown adults that don't act like it.

It also makes us less charitable as a society. When we expect others to care for us and provide for us, it's hard to be charitable.

crawjo

I've been so angry about this for the last week. Not sad, not fearful, but just really angry.

The one thing that I think is that we have to find a way to get assault weapons out of people's hands. What struck me is that the police responded to this shooting very quickly, but because of the weapon the shooter had, by the time they arrived 26 people were already dead. In these situations lives are saved based on how many rounds the shooter can get off before police arrive. The more rounds he can fire, the more people will die.

I know the assault weapon ban from the 1990s didn't really work. I think the only way for something like that to work would be to create some sort of incentive program for people to turn in these kinds of weapons, but I don't even think that would work.

Frankly I just hate the fascination with guns that is so characteristic of American culture. I don't understand the obsession. Unless you are talking about hunting or target shooting, the purpose of these things is to kill people. I wish I lived in a country without a second amendment, but we're long past the point where that could matter. 300 million guns in this country. The number astounds me.

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