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Gov. Dayton offers condolences after 'dastardly, cold-blooded murder of innocent children'

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued this statement this afternoon, about the elementary school shooting in Connecticut:

"This dastardly, cold-blooded murder of innocent children and their educators by a deranged individual shocks Minnesotans. All of our children, their parents, and all of their teachers should feel certain every day that their safety is the paramount concern. The deepest condolences of Minnesotans go to the parents and families of the victims of this horrific act."

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No more 'hand wringing'.....

We must stop the B.S. and demand that our legislators author and adopt legislation that will control....yes control.....the free access to assault weapons, handguns, and their accompanying high velocity magazines that is so evident via on-line sales and within the so-called gun 'shows'.

guns and fear

I'm 69 now. My mother began teaching school in Dearborn, Michigan in the early thirties. She was a slight person, a gymnast and no-nonsense in persona. She was positioned by the door to take weapons away from incoming students. I learned much of what I know about weapons while attending high school in northern New Mexico, from students and what they had in their lockers, as well as from faculty. I learned early on that weapons were a means of pasting over fear. I worked at a New Mexico ranch that was well equipped with rifles for hunting. The produce was often on the dinner table.

As an adult I have often lived in places where white folks might be thought to be at a disadvantage, from Hispanic New Mexico to the west side of Chicago, the Lower East Side of New York and the near south side of Minneapolis. I learned how to navigate and no weapon would have made me safer. I've lived in various suburbs from Evanston, Illinois to Bloomington and found them more difficult to navigate safely. A weapon would have made things much worse.

I recently attended a gun show in Ft. Worth with my brother. We had not been to such a show. Tables were laden with weapons from wall to wall in a space larger than a gymnasium. There was no hunting equipment. All weapons were for the purpose of injury to other persons. I do know how a glock feels in my hand. Fear lures trouble. Fear is a problem which may be diminished by other means.

An unmentioned influence

Studies since the 60's have repeatedly shown that after viewing violence on TV, in the movies or through other screens such as games, children and adolescents react with violence to conflict situations whereas children and adolescents watching more positive programming, such as Sesame Street, more often work out/negotiate peaceful solutions. At the very least, continued exposure to violence desensitizes people to the violence. When are we going to plug this information into this equation of human + gun + violent entertainment = violent actions? It needs to be considered in the discussion because it may be the reason other countries have more guns and fewer gun deaths. It may be the reason there are so many similarities between these violent assaults that have us so horrified (young men bent on revenge for some real or imagined offense, dark or camouflage clothing, multiple weapons, masks, captive audience victims in schools or malls).
Our access to violent entertainment should not be ignored as a possible contributor to these situations.

A Reasonable Proposal:

Every single firearm owner, beginning with gun manufacturers, needs to be licensed and insured for liability.

Allow the insurance industry and their actuaries to determine the risk and premiums for gun ownership.

Like vehicle liability insurance, premiums will certainly assess the relative risk posed by individuals.

Grover Norquist does not like taxpayers being forced to pay for carnage done by shooters.

Just one of these events can result in millions of dollars of costs including emergency hospital treatment, long term disabilities, loss of livelihood, and burial costs- just to name the direct costs.

We citizens have the right to resist these costs being placed on taxpayers unless and until the gun industry protects innocents from the resulting costs of the use of their products.

The only way to expect any accountability from the merchants of deadly instruments is through their pocketbook.

Right now, they pass all those costs on to the innocent taxpayer, while they enjoy more liability protection than the very emergency room doctor who treats the gun victims.

There is no logical argument against such reasonable and necessary measures.

What would it take to remove

What would it take to remove the "right to bear arms" from the Constitution? The part about "a well-regulated Militia" has clearly been overlooked.