Violence and guns: Guns as a problem solving tool

A second one an Oregon night

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The answer to the question about gun violence has little to do with mental illness.  It has to do with one simple question:  To what extent and under what conditions do you see guns as a legitimate and justified way to address an issue, conflict or situation. To the extent you do, particularly to the extent you feel like you have little if any other effective options, you will tend to be likely to use a gun. If you feel like guns work you will tend to use them unless another factor interferes with that decision. And the sad truth is that too many people think, in some fashion however stretched and distorted, that guns work.

To assume that gun violence is a result of some disease somebody might have and ignore the cultural, social, and historical context in which we all live and which influences everything we say, do, and…

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