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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

And Now The Call For More Gun Laws

They've already started. Yet, California has the most restrictive gun laws in the nation; much more restrictive than federal laws. In spite of them, the gunman purchased his weapons and ammo legally. In spite of California's restrictive laws, he easily found a way to get the guns he wanted to carry out his plan of massacre.

As of this writing, he did not shoot his roommates (who were found dead after the shooting that was all over the news) but stabbed them... repeatedly... and viciously. As far as I can tell, he had been under a psychiatrist's care from an early age. Perhaps we need to investigate the psychiatric profession and their role in these crazed shootings. The guy who shot up the movie theater in Colorado was also under psychiatric care. I could be wrong but the shooter in the Connecticut elementary shootings was likely under psychiatric care.

So, do we blame the laws that did not prevent these killers from obtaining firearms? Or should we wonder about the quality of psychiatric care they received? The easy answer is more laws; perhaps laws that force all mental health workers to register their patients with law enforcement so that they can be put on a list of who is barred from owning/purchasing firearms. Too restrictive? It's the next logical step. After all, they are the ones who know who they wackiest of us are. Currently, they are only required to report threats made by patients. And it is possible that they they are the ones who must first deem the threat credible. Those who are involuntarily placed under psychiatric care are barred from obtaining firearms (per federal laws) but none of the last few shooters were involuntarily committed.

The only answer I can see is to repeal the Second Amendment and confiscate all firearms in the nation. Something I doubt will ever happen.

But it won't stop stabbings, baseball bat attacks, or crazy people from driving cars into crowds.

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