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Posted on January 9 at 10:25 a.m.
@JohnLocke et al:I am no longer going to consider the red herring logical fallacy of throwing in other causes of death as a reason not to enact common sense gun regulation. This is ridiculous and a clear breech of critical thinking and is simply used to distract us from the real argument so people don't have to come up with actual reasons to support their opinions.
But I'll bite: Both medical errors and car fatalities have their own commissions and task forces which are enacting legislation to reduce fatalities due to these causes (ie seat belts and drivers licenses and malpractice). However, if you are seriously concerned about reducing these deaths, then I will gladly join you on another editorial/forum on those issues. But THIS editorial/forum is about gun violence and what can be done to solve the problem.
This is not dogmatic or political; this is called problem solving! We have a serious problem in our society, and as a teacher and a mother, I would like to work toward solutions (besides arming teachers which Mr. Fina did an excellent job of dismissing). Do any of the gun-rights advocates have a solution to offer or just tired bumper sticker slogans? Because this time, I don't think the silent majority of Americans are going to continue listening as more innocent children die.
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