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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Reducing Gun Deaths

Here we go again.

One of these years we might want to consider that no matter how much we may want our massive arsenal of personal weapons to actually help reduce crime and reduce gun deaths, it doesn't seem to be working out particularly well for us.

If we want to actually avoid having a absurdly high number of firearm deaths compared to any other nation in the world, at some point we're going to have to actually do something about it.

Yes, the recommendations in that article might make it harder for some people to get guns. It might require some safety measures to become mandatory - which I'm sure we'll hear about in great detail the first time someone can't get their gun out of its locker in time or when someone's gun fails to fire in a situation where they really needed it because the access control built into it broke.

However, there are ways to solve those problems that don't involve ignoring a problem we already know exists. And let's not have any illusions: That's exactly what we're doing right now. I don't think I can say it any better than this bit from the end of the article:
That’s the blunt, damning truth: Friday’s school shooting was 100 percent predictable. After each such incident, we mourn the deaths and sympathize with the victims, but we do nothing fundamental to reduce our vulnerability.
Let's take a careful look at what it will actually take to bring gun deaths down, and then we need to do it. "Just add more guns!" or "We just need to enforce existing laws!" haven't worked, nor does there seem to be any reason to believe they ever will.

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