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Gun control is only a small part of a wide cultural problem.

Posted by: septimus ( Aus. ) on October 19, 1999 at 11:01:11:

In Reply to: speed limit posted by Gee on October 18, 1999 at 14:44:42:

: : And it sure is funny that violent crime rates in the US have hit a thirty year low while gun laws have never been tougher. You can contemplate this while you wait for another outcast to start popping off his school chums.

: The guns used were acquired illegally. If you put a 60mph speed limit in place does it become impossible for people to go 70?

*No of course not. I was just trying to show him how simplistic his arguments were with a bit of simplicity of my own. It works both ways. It saddens me as an outsider looking in that the only public debate which took place after the shootings was about the ease of acquiring fire arms or, at the most abstract, violent movies.
I think the only thing we have achieved in this debate is to prove that the issue is by no means this simple. Gun control is only a small part of a wide cultural problem. I just don't happen to believe that arming every individual in the country is going to make it a better place.

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