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Posted on December 16 at 8:58 p.m.
I agree with howgreenwasmyvalley; something in our culture has changed.
I grew up in small-town Iowa. It seemed everyone had firearms. During WWII, we supplemented rationed meat with rabbits, pheasants, etc.
I first fired a .22 rifle when I was 7. I bought my first gun when I was 10, etc.
People didn’t shoot each other (very often). The homicide rate in that part of the country is still comparable with western European countries.
Given the existing supply, I think banning certain types of firearms would be little more effective than outlawing pot or other drugs has proven to be. The problem is more subtle than that.
Perhaps we should look to other countries with liberal gun laws such as New Zealand where the homicide rate from firearms is less than 1/10 that of the U.S. They vet the prospective gun owner much more carefully than we do and worry less about the firearm.
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