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Response to Dog Gone at Penigma (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 03:59 PM

14. Are you kidding me?

Given that gun violence, which kills more than 30,000 Americans annually, is harmful not only to our well being, but our economy, we should use economic disincentives to regulate its use.


First, a few facts:
The 30,000 deaths per year include suicides and actions by law enforcement. This is about 1 firearm death for every 2,666 lawful gun owners. It's not uncommon for murders to kill more than one person before they are caught or killed.

Now, a few questions:
1- To what harm are you referring?
2- How exactly does a suicide hurt the economy?
3- How does having 2,665 people pay insurance for each death prevent that death?
4- How does this even work for unregistered firearms?

Comments:
This seems like a solution without a problem. Not that firearm deaths aren't a problem but no amount of insurance paid by the uninvolved will prevent criminals from committing crimes.

AFAIK there is no health related standard of care suggesting a periodic psychological evaluation that would be analogous to a (physical) checkup that many of us already get. Having this be adopted (and covered) by the insurance industry would be a step in the right direction toward avoiding some future shootings caused by mental issues.

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