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Response to Robyn66 (Reply #68)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:52 PM

69. I consider any life lost a tragedy.

Don't mistake my insistance on rigidity for discompassion.

Every murder is a tragedy. The big question is however what can be done about it. And to answer this question one needs to take a step back and examine the situation in an objective way. Otherwise one might end up designing measures that "feel good" but achieve little, or are in fact counter productive. That is really all I am saying.

You keep mentioning the Sandy Hook victims. They are not the only victims. There are plenty of shooting deaths daily. They aren't less relevant than the Sandy Hook victims. I think it is extremely hard, if not impossible, to prevent something like Sandy Hook with a 100% certainty. Norway has all the regulations, and still Breivik was able to do what he did.

What one can do however is bring the annual per capita rate of homicides down, through proper policies, only part of which are gun related policies per se. And the way to do this is through examining statistics objectively.

"Statistics" is just another way of saying that instead of focusing on one individual event, we should focus on all events in an equal way, which is in fact the most fair and compassionate thing one can do.

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