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Urges focus on what works, rather than 'us' and 'them'

Urges focus on what works, rather than 'us' and 'them' in the debate about the 2nd Amendment.

In the debate regarding the inalienable right to protect oneself and one's loved ones, it's become painfully clear there's little room for centrists.

Those of us who reject the extremes of both left and right have been pushed to one side or the other by various litmus test issues. The "tribal" view always comes to "us" or "them," and it's hard to reconcile "who is us" and "who is them."

One who strongly advocates for a woman's right to choose control over her own body and also the right for her to choose which pistol she wants for lawful self protection understands this dilemma. Those who advocate most for the former usually advocate against the latter. There's no room left in the middle.

The fact is that both pro-protection advocates and disarmament lobbyists want no repeat of what happened in Sandy Hook ever again! Arguments are based on how or what can be done.

The real question comes to this: If a mentally deranged person (anyone seeking to harm women and children is deranged) finds a way to wreak havoc and gets into a venue; at that point, what are the only effective countermeasures? What works?

It's the answer to that central question that becomes a deciding issue for those of us politically in the middle. What works?

You are either for the right of a lawfully armed individual to protect themselves and those in their charge, or assume disarmament laws and an armed police state will be the beneficial protectors of us all. No room left in the middle; we become a fully polarized society driven by "primate tribalism." It's "us" or "them," and that's a sad state of affairs.

Focus on what works, disregard what doesn't. Then, maybe, "us and them" will become "we."

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Bill Hillman January 16, 2013 at 04:00 AM
Hopefully, the actual question will be answered. What works to keep a deranged individual from getting access to weapons? If that fails, what happens when that individual enters a venue with intent to cause havoc. What works then, at that one instant. I think the answer to the first question relates to locking mechanisms and safes properly used. I suspect you have a strong opinion regarding an answer to the second question. Regardless, no answer is 100% effective, and a determined, evil or deranged person can make bad things happen regardless of precautions.
Jimmy Pursey January 16, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Better a million more Ruby Ridges...than one more Sandy Hook.
Michael Shea January 16, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Well - does anyone know if Adam Lanza was actually mentally ill? Who was his psychiatrist? What was his actual medical diagnosis? The Virginia Tech shooter, The Batman Movie shooter and the guy who shot Rep. Giffords were all manifestly insane. they all had seen psychiatrists. Their associates all noticed their insanity. Yet they bought Glocks legally. They passed their background checks. Remember this the next time some demagogue mentions the Brady Bill and background checks. So far we know almost nothing at all about Lanza. I cannot believe that he was just a shy, nerdy guy who woke up one morning and decided to kill his unsuspecting mother, smash his computer, dress up like some sort of movie character, load up a car with weapons, drive to a school he had no association with and kill children and teachers he did not know.
Jimmy Pursey January 16, 2013 at 09:06 PM
" I cannot believe that he was just a shy, nerdy guy who woke up one morning and decided to kill his unsuspecting mother, smash his computer, dress up like some sort of movie character, load up a car with weapons, drive to a school he had no association with and kill children and teachers he did not know." Why can't you? White men have been doing this sort of thing for decades.

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