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Response to etherealtruth (Reply #26)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 05:51 PM

68. Killings by Guns – not a knee jerk rant!

I understand the recent news about a mass gun killing was perhaps done by a mentally ill person…but even so:
I’d submit that if you live in these United States and are of voting age and did or did not vote ....we have blood on our hands.
Gun violence is expeditious and is that not a metaphor for the society we have created, support and somehow turn a blind eye.
We have a society where we solve not some, but many problems with violence.
Another Metaphor for our society: We glorify intense violence in what is passed off as entertainment.
Guns don’t kill; it is done mostly by people whose moral compass has been hijacked with our society’s complicity.
Here are some solutions:
Raise the age of adulthood to 25, the biological age of maturity.
No gun purchases till 25 and with a complete background check. Outlaw unregistered gun sales. That means if you own a registered gun and you sell it in a private sale and the gun is then used in a crime you can be charged as an accomplice.
Make the owner of any gun that has been stolen an accomplice to a gun crime.
I am willing to also consider that society impose an excise tax on ammunition: triple the cost and make the largest quantity for purchase, a single box of 20, at a time.
No violent video games until 25 (worth a try) and triple the cost to own through an excise tax.
Make violent TV and movie viewing a minimum of 25 (worth a try)
Raise the cost to view violent movies (movie tickets $20 would be easier to do)
Level an increased advertiser fee on those companies that wish to promote their product on violent TV.
Finally and I know this will rile some: We have a Dept. of Defense. Why should it not be a Dept. of Peace?

Our Society needs to change how we view ourselves. This will take people supporting structural change through the ballot box and supporting laws that turn us toward a more peace loving society.

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