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Response to DanTex (Reply #19)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:52 AM

42. My town is just as safe as every other industrialized democracy

2 gun murders in a population of 60K in the last 15 years. We go years without a shooting - alcohol related deaths are unfortunately a common occurrence.

And it is the same for most of Rhode Island - like every state, gun violence is very geographically concentrated in poor urban neighborhoods struggling with gangs, drugs, poverty and despair.

Perhaps we need to fix the root causes of violence?

How about we:

1. End the war on drugs and remove the profit motive that drives much violent crime.

2. Lets empty our prisons of non-violent drug users saving billions to spend on healthcare and education.

3. Lets focus the justice system on violent criminals and get them out of society. Use a weapon for any crime and go away for a very long time.

4. Single payer health care with mental health coverage to reduce suicides and find/treat the crazies.

What do you say? Is that an agenda you can support?

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