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Old December 26th, 2012, 11:55 PM
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I already expressed my thoughts in the other thread. Banning guns or making it harder for ordinary citizens to acquire them will just leave us defenseless while pushing gun sales among criminals to the black market. And the argument that it would actually have any affect on even gun-related crime, let alone violent crime as a whole, is dubious at best. The best thing we can do is try to better understand the human mind and make mental help more easily available to those who need it. Maybe also provide more security in places that might need it.
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