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myles spicer

minnetonka, MN
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Posted on 12/14/13 at 01:33 pm in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

Well Paul, no one would disagree with you about mental illness -- but there is a wide range of such illnesses and also a range of degree. It is impossible to filter out those who may be violent and those who are not. The simple answer is to not allow guns to those who are diagnosed with such illnesses, and there is no or little downside to that. The effect is we will then have LESS guns in our society, and LESS risk of danger, and probably LESS incidents where mental illness was a factor in...

Posted on 12/14/13 at 06:37 pm in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

the NRA depends on the dues and subsidies of the gun manufacturers to sustain itself, and they call the shots (no pun intended).

Posted on 12/14/13 at 06:45 pm in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

The situation we have now is kind of in the rear view mirror; but going forward (I believe) it is critical for our nation to institute comprehensive background checks on the purchase of guns. By comprehensive, that would include medical coments in the pruchaser's files regarding mental health issues. I see no problem with having a psychiatrist placing a comment in a patient's file that in his opinion purchase of a weapon would be unwise for society and/or his patient's well being. Background...

Posted on 12/15/13 at 01:03 pm in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

Well, Thomas, I agree as my commentary notes, we do live in a violent society. It was influenced by the Frontier mentality -- it is hetrogeneous -- and has all the violent traces you mention. However, you are wrong about gun ownership. Into this society we are introducing MORE guns. Does that make sense. You can call out specific countries that prove your point, but Mexico's violence is strictly drug lords gaining control of local situations. I point to Japan with practically no gun deaths...

Posted on 12/17/13 at 07:28 pm in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

is a dangerous argument. there are two serious issues with that. First, the inadverdant death by accident (often children); and secondly the times when an inncoent person is killed because the homeowner mistakenly believed the person killed was hostile (sometimes even a family member in the wrong place at the wrong time). NO, the NRA has turned America into an armed camp, and want even more. To me, the is precisely the wrong direction we should be heading. We need less guns, better...

Posted on 12/18/13 at 12:02 pm in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

Let me know where you live...I intend to avoid your house like the plague. Shooting through the door? I can't wait till the Publishers Clearinghouse comes to your home with a million dollar check.

As for how we gained our independance, you make an important point. That was over 200 years ago..we were an agrarian society (not densely packed cities with hetrogeneous groups and drug wars)...and there were no assault rifles that could kill dozens in minutes or Satruday Night Specials....

Posted on 12/19/13 at 01:52 pm in response to The NRA is right — and that's why it's wrong

Then I will avoid Joe Biden's house (actually he never invited me to visit anyway.

I actually would like to visit your house, I am sure we could have a fun and spirited conversation. Unfortunately, I now reside in Palm Desert CA, so it is a bit of a trip and (even as a third generation Minnesotan) I seem to be adverse to winter. Anyway...have a pleasant Holiday Season.

Posted on 11/04/13 at 02:09 pm in response to TV news is losing its audience, particularly the young

you may wish to read an op-ed piece I had published in the Strib on Oct 2, relating to particularily cable news

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/226221101.html

Posted on 11/03/13 at 11:20 am in response to Some casual observations on growing old

"Eighty year old body" reminds me of the elderly woman who said to her younger male companion: "you know, I may be older, but I have the body of a twenty year old."

To which the companion said: "Well then, you better give it back to her, you're getting it all wrinkled."

Posted on 11/05/13 at 12:20 pm in response to Some casual observations on growing old

If you check actuarial tables at ANY age, there is always some years left -- even at 99. Given that, I am not yet prepared to"think about the end".