After every major shooting, the gun control advocates can be counted on to ask "NOW can't you see the need for gun control?" But does gun control really make sense?

Would gun control have prevented this slaughter? I doubt it. Guns will continue to be available for the person determined to get one, and the kind of person who does something like the Colorado movie theater shooting would be determined.

The problem isn't the weapon, it's the intent, and there are plenty of other ways to kill. There are even plenty of ways to kill en masse. A bomb brought into the theater could have killed more as could an incendiary device. In other contexts, there's poisoning food or water.

Is the cause of gun violence really the availability of guns or is it the nature of the people who use them? Other countries have similar or greater rates of gun possession (I believe both Israel and Switzerland have higher rates), but they don't have nearly the rate of gun violence.

The difference in gun violence between Switzerland and the United States comes down to the difference between the Swiss people and Americans, and I don't see Americans changing in any fundamental way anytime soon.

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And pricing equates to owning, how?

I just priced the Hope diamond, but shucks, I don't own it --

You can't own a gun until you price it(?)

Quit, before you lose even further credibility --

Much like a one-legged man running a three-legged race, you don't have a leg to stand on --

Can you point out anywhere I've ever said I have a leg, much less two?

So -- can we use you for third base?

Or third alkaline, as you prefer.

You must be referring to the crime of battery --

Which reminds me. Why did they name a kind of battery after Al Kaline?

Actually the family changed their name once they immigrated to America - in the old country, it was simply, Klein.

But as we all know, as languages evolve, so do names, and before they were Klein, they were Kleine. In fact there's a totally unsubstantiated rumor that one of the Kleine girls - a particularly buxom one - may have inspired Mozart to write Eine kleine Nachtmusik, as it was said that Wolfy helped young Ms Kleine to hit hi C.

But then, of course, one can't always believe everything one hears --

(your serve --)

That will be far from enough. Standing on the firing range is not the same as being involved in a threatening situation and firing at targets is not the same as firing on humans.

@Arcus - I simply meant that a weapons course should at least be required. Granted firing on targets is not the same as firing on humans, but I doubt that even Texas is going to allow a course that uses humans as targets, even if they're Democrats.


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