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December 15, 2012

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Most people do not need guns designed to kill multiple adversaries. In other words, military style semi-automatic "assault" rifles like the .223 Bushmaster which Lanza used to commit the atrocity. Perhaps those should only be available with a special permit.

There are developed countries with relatively liberal gun laws like the U.S. I looked up a few, but I'm way too lazy to research the subject in depth. Some of them are Brazil, Czech Republic, Norway, Finland. These countries have lower homicide rates by gun than the U.S.

Despite these mass killings I don't think the U.S. has a gun problem so much as a mental health problem. We have a population of 315 million whch has a different dynamic than countries with 5-10-50 million. The culture is deteriorating due to a complex structure of stresses and loss of traditional values, and I am not talking about religious values. Personally, I notice a greater degree of rudness and irresponsibility when out in public that I did not see 30 or more years ago. Or even 20. Road rage was an anomally back in the 50's and 60's.

I have no answers. Obviously if there were no guns, no one would be killed by them, but no way is the United States going to be disarmed unless there is some kind of totalitarian extremist takeover.

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