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(19,768 posts)
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:40 AM Dec 2012

When pondering a solution for gun violence in the US, is "how" or "why" a more important question?


How - how were the crimes committed? More important to examine what tools were used.

Why - why were the crimes committed? More important to understand circumstance, motivation and psyche of shooter.

Which question would lead to a more effective response?

Or should we look at both areas?


edited to correct typo
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How. Take away the tools and such crimes diminish.
2 (40%)
Why. Understanding what moves a person to do such things will lead to better prevention measures.
1 (20%)
Both.
2 (40%)
Other.
0 (0%)
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When pondering a solution for gun violence in the US, is "how" or "why" a more important question? (Original Post) Skip Intro Dec 2012 OP
It's difficult to pull off a mass murder without this high capacity guns flamingdem Dec 2012 #1
Really? How about some history. Indydem Dec 2012 #4
Don't empower people to act out their grievances with the lethality of a gun. Loudly Dec 2012 #2
how first, why later farminator3000 Dec 2012 #3

flamingdem

(39,375 posts)
1. It's difficult to pull off a mass murder without this high capacity guns
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:45 AM
Dec 2012

and this freaks who do it are in the mass media mindset of the feel good bullet spray, only the super nuts do things like gassing the subway because it's harder to do and requires a better developed ideology.

I'm against anyone who justifies that it's only people who kill when these guns are only made to commit mass murder.

 

Indydem

(2,642 posts)
4. Really? How about some history.
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 02:27 AM
Dec 2012

"The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, which killed 38 elementary school children, two teachers, and four other adults; at least 58 people were injured."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_Disaster

 

Loudly

(2,436 posts)
2. Don't empower people to act out their grievances with the lethality of a gun.
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:56 AM
Dec 2012

Don't do it. Terrible idea.

farminator3000

(2,117 posts)
3. how first, why later
Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:14 AM
Dec 2012

there are dozens of reasons why, which can be debated endlessly and change with every case.

the answers to 'how' are a lot easier to answer and seem more preventative.

why seems more after the fact

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