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Re: “The Crazed Internet Rantings of Jared Loughner

What occurred today in Tucson is a tragedy.
There are some pretty huge flaws in our system (AZ and the US) in regard to mental health. Unless a person is under court ordered treatment they cannot be forced to take medication. Even then the system is so overburdened that keeping up with every client is difficult at best. It is quite taxing to get an adult into 'the system' without either filing a motion with the court or an arrest.
As far as firearms laws in AZ, they are what they are. The Second Amendment is upheld in Arizona in a way that is in line with the Constitution. IMHO, we are doing it right. (Firearms laws are one of the very few upsides to living in AZ)
Please don't bother to drone on about how we should disarm the people, add a waiting period, or legislate firearms out of the hands of the people. Whatever you may have to say, that is one of the few issues where my stance is firm, founded in fact and does NOT waver.
I used to own a firearms business. Waiting periods don't change anything. Disarming law abiding citizens does not change anything. Even legislation does not change anything....for criminals.
Any person who is either ill or hell bent on causing violence will find a way.
Please refrain from using the term 'assault weapon' or 'automatic weapon'. Would you feel less assaulted if you were shot with a .22? I think not. Do you have any idea what an 'automatic weapon' is? If you are speaking of a Class III weapon, they ARE regulated and taxed (heavily). If you are speaking of the Glock that was reported in the news, it was most likely a semi-automatic weapon. Full-auto Glocks are more of a fun at the range thing than an actual take out about town weapon. They are also pretty rare.
This young man obviously needs help. His parents aren't really an issue as he is 22 years old. An adult. If his parents have contributed to his going so astray I would think that it will come to light. They are still not responsible for their child's actions (morally perhaps? hard to say.)
My heart goes out to the families who have been affected by this horrible incident.
I hope that folks can find a way to focus on the REAL issues at hand and not look for ways to incite more discord on political issues. I'm pretty sure we have quite enough of that already.

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Posted by fortunata.ragazza on 01/08/2011 at 7:59 PM

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