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Response to IDoMath (Reply #6)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 08:16 AM

25. There are a lot of reasons why gun control and prohibition of alcohol are very different.

The economics are totally different. Except for a small fraction of the country, guns aren't a frequent repeat purchase. Guns are more difficult to manufacture and distribute that booze. Etc.

And then there's the fact that gun control laws have worked effectively in many other countries other than the US. If you look at the UK or Japan, you don't see huge black markets for guns.

While I agree that there are a lot of other causes of preventable death, that doesn't justify inaction on guns. A lot of people die due to inadequate medical care, for example, and if you ask the GOP, they will tell you this is the price of "freedom". But the reality is that it is unconscionable that a wealthy democracy like the US fails to provide adequate healthcare for it's people, and it is also unconscionable that we endure rates of gun violence that are some 5X or 10X higher than the rest of the developed world.

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