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May 4, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Games, guns aren’t the real problem

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Many people want to ban firearms and video games. The last couple of mass murderers were plumb crazy, so maybe we should concentrate on getting help for mentally unstable people, be it in an institution or with better monitoring.

If someone wants to kill people, whether they have a gun, they’ll do it if that’s their mission. Let’s just get unstable people where they belong.

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  1. Ban: No. Regulate reasonably: Yes.


  2. There is very little money for the mentally ill. We spend trillions on the psychically ill. $7,500.00 per person as of 2008. Soon $10,000.00 per person per year.

  3. "Let's just get unstable people where they belong."

    Solazzo -- and who gets to decide exactly who among us is "unstable"? You?

    "No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." -- Nevada Constitution, Article 1, Section 8

  4. There are hundreds of millions of prescriptions for psychotropics written every year to about 50 million people. If we turned every hotel into a mental hospital I don't think there would be enough beds to deal with the mentally unstable in this crazy country.

  5. It's the guns:

    "As guns proliferate, legally and illegally, innocent people often seem more terrorized than protected.

    In Guatemala, riding a public bus is a risky business. More than 500 bus drivers have been killed in robberies since 2007, leading InSight Crime, which tracks organized crime in the Americas, to call it "the most dangerous profession on the planet." And when bullets start flying, everyone is vulnerable: in 2010 the onboard tally included 155 drivers, 54 bus assistants, 71 passengers and 14 presumed criminals. Some were killed by the robbers' bullets and some by gun-carrying passengers.

    Scientific studies have consistently found that places with more guns have more violent deaths, both homicides and suicides. Women and children are more likely to die if there's a gun in the house. The more guns in an area, the higher the local suicide rates. "Generally, if you live in a civilized society, more guns mean more death," said David Hemenway, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. "There is no evidence that having more guns reduces crime. None at all."

    After a gruesome mass murder in 1996 provoked public outrage, Australia enacted stricter gun laws, including a 28-day waiting period before purchase and a ban on semiautomatic weapons. Before then, Australia had averaged one mass shooting a year. Since, rates of both homicide and suicide have dropped 50 percent, and there have been no mass killings, said Ms. Peters, who lobbied for the legislation."

  6. "Let's just get unstable people where they belong."

    As for us mice, we're still waiting to find the one who can put the bell on the cat to give ample warning of danger.

    Who determines the definition of 'unstable' and what factors would be used to evaluate the decision? If found guilty, should they be made to wear a star sown onto their shirts? That would give everyone ample warning of danger because the star would be plainly visible to all and cost a lot less than putting them in a room and feeding them.

    Does a medical doctor working for the Government make the determination, or is the committee selection from the civilian sector subject to NRA evaluation? If so, a lot of people found to be unstable would also ban assault rifles.