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The Massive Human and Moral Cost of Gun Violence


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Cal
- 609 days ago - alternet.org
The US has spent $1.5 trillion on Iraq and Afghanistan wars so far, while ignoring the reality that the greatest threats to child safety come from enemies within.



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lee e. (114)
Monday January 14, 2013, 4:20 am
The pentagon and the State Dept. as well as the NRA sell more arms not only domestically but to the rest of the world -- we are arming for bucks -- it's a big money industry and the US owns about 80% or more of it! Unlikely that we can get control of it at this point! (Man - I sure sound cynical, rather hopeless I guess)
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday January 14, 2013, 4:59 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Arielle S. (317)
Monday January 14, 2013, 11:25 am
We seem to always have to learn everything the hard way - apparently, this, too.
 

Winn Adams (192)
Monday January 14, 2013, 12:26 pm
This is all about money and greed. The NRA will never care if you live or die as long as they can earn a buck.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Monday January 14, 2013, 2:10 pm
Excellent posting, thank you, Cal! Comments above me got it right---FOLLOW THE MONEY.
 

Tal H. (8)
Monday January 14, 2013, 7:46 pm
There is gun violence cos of all the hillbilly inbred morons who think they need assault rifles in their suburbs. You are the reason children die in mass school shootings. You should all be ashamed of yourselves and your pathetic 2nd amendment. America is a joke. The American dream now is not to die from a psycho with a gun or from obesity. Well done.
 

Scott haakon (4)
Monday January 14, 2013, 8:52 pm
Wrong it is about constitutional rights. This is really politics to get the gullible public away from the economic problems. We are heading for another crises but the people will not be paying attention.
 

Robert Tomlinson (65)
Monday January 14, 2013, 9:06 pm
Twenty or more years ago I read that the world would be tossed into a depression if all gun sales were to end. That is a very sad commentary of the State of The World. Of course, the U.S. is the leader in the distribution of firearms to the world. The Bible says that where your treasure is that is where your heart is. Well, our heart is in the wrong place.
In my opinion the reasons we cannot come up with meaningful legislation from our elected officials are:
1. The Arms dealers are making HUGE profits from the selling these high powered weapons.
2. Many on the far right have talked themselves into being very afraid. In other words.....cowardly.
3. Far toooooo many of our elected officials like the money that comes into their campaigns.from the NRA
and other like groups.
4. The NRA and others have talked about the mental health problems in this country. Of course, those same legislators who vote with the NRA do not want to adequately fund the mental health in their states nor in the nation.
Finally, in this the richest country in the world, it is so sad that many of our elected officials have shown no real determination to fix this problem. Many of those who refuse to act are the very ones who seem determined to shut down the government rather over the debt ceiling and budgetary matters. These are not patriots they are akin to those who would yell fire in a crowded theater.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday January 14, 2013, 10:12 pm
Very well stated Robert:You cannot currently send a star to Robert because you have done so within the last week.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Monday January 14, 2013, 10:50 pm
"... 119,079 children and teenagers [killed] since 1979. ...greater than the number of U.S. military personnel killed in action in the Vietnam (47,434) ... Korean (33,739) Wars, and ...the wars in Afghanistan (1,712) and in Iraq (3,518).

The United States of America has spent a $1.5 trillion on the Iraq and Afghanistan wars so far, purportedly to protect our children and citizens from enemies without, while ignoring the reality that the greatest threats to child safety and wellbeing come from enemies within. "

Are American children's lives to be political fodder for the rapacious NRA? The answer to gun violence is not more guns. The answer is fewer guns and gun control.

"At the height of the Vietnam War, anti-war demonstrators filled the Mall and confronted the president, Congress, and Pentagon calling for an end to that war. " I remember that day --- a sea of people protesting. If Americans can do that for a foreign war, surely they can do more for ALL American children.

I live north of the 49th where there is gun control. Our number of deaths from gun violence is lower on a per capita basis. And of the guns that are used in violent crime, 90% can be traced back to the US. On this count, your neighbourliness is not appreciated.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 12:02 am
The Supreme Court has ruled several times that the government can limit firearms. Fully automatic machine guns have been illegal for decades. I don't understand why it is so controversial to ban military style assault rifles.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Tuesday January 15, 2013, 5:27 am
For good or bad, it's all out there. With two polar opposite mindsets, one for good the other for evil, there will always be tragedy and unresolved issues. Toss in greed, power, money and mix with lack of personal responsibility, accountability, etc. and you have the world we live in.
 
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