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Response to Bicoastal (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:32 AM

6. How many deaths are acceptable?

 

First, let's ask, how many deaths are acceptable and what kinds of deaths? Once we answer that question we can start drilling down to how many deaths of a certain kind are acceptable.

Too often, the response to such a question is "Not One." Well, OK, but we live in the real world. How many deaths by car are acceptable? How many by smoking? How many by fast food? How many by sedentary living? How many by falling meteorites? Animal attacks? War? Poverty? Hunger? Preventable illnesses. Knives. alcohol. Bows. household chemicals. sticks. rocks....

the list goes on.

We don't really live in a free society. We live in a freer society than most. I'm not sure what a truly free society would look like. I think in a truly free society we would all have greater control over where and how we live. We could choose to associate or not associate with certain people. We wouldn't be forced to associate with dangerous people simply because economics or some other factor forces us into contact with them. In such a Utopia, we would truly be the result of our own good or bad choices.

For some reason, Americans have a fetish with guns. Its unhealthy and we need to get over it.

However, I am fairly certain that trying t legislate it away will have the exact same effect as prohibition and drug laws have on their respective targets.

Education is more effective for long term change than legislation.

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