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gun awareness and education programs are the answer.

 
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12/22/2012 07:58 PM
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gun awareness and education programs are the answer.
With education and awareness you can limith the damage crazy mass shooters can inflict.

The first thing that comes to mind about the recent shootings is the inability of the witnesses and victums to immediately identify the gun shots for what they were, gun shots, teacher stated something along the lines of " I thought at first the shots were the sound of chairs falling in the auditorium". So many times its the lack of recognition of a threat that prevents the taking of effective action.

How does a shooter penetrate deep into a crowded mall undetected? Due to a failure of the populace to identify the threat because of a lack of awareness. Most people would not recognise or take notice of an individual in their midst who to the trained eye would appear suspiciouse. This is simply because most people are not trained, but the recent shootings show the obviouse error of not training the public of a gub culture in how to identify threats and also what effective action the individual can take to neutralize said threats.

Today when we send our children out of the room to protect them from violence or situations they might witness on the TV when the adults are viewing R rated movies or adult oriented news and entertainment material, those children go to their rooms and turn on their phones or game systems to engage in mass slaughter first person shooter games with total impunity. Many times the games the kids are playing are far more violent and adult oriented than what the parents are watching in the next room. While the parents are shieldine the kids from the new of mass shootings, the kids are in the next room engaging in mass shootings for entertainment.

Please tell me in which video game does the player ever attend the funeral for the victums the have slain? When does the player ever face the spouces and children of the characters they kill in the game? Where are the consequenses of their murderouse actions inside of the game? There answer is of that there aren't any, we train kids to act out violence without responcibility, then when events unfold in the real world we shield the kids from the aweful reality of it. This is not condusive to addressing the violence that is real and present in the world, in us.

Children know more about guns than you may think, ask your 8 year old what the differance between a shotgun and a sniper rifle is, a nine millimeter vs a forty five, a revolver vs an automatic an ar15 vs an m60 or an ak47. Where do they learn these things? In the games they play and the movies they watch, but when do movies and games ever educate these kids on the safety factors related to the firearms they are using in the game? Things like,

1. Neve point this firearm at anything you are not willing to destroy.
2. Treat all guns as if they are loaded.
3. Never put you finger on the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
4. Always be aware of what is behind your target and do not shoot if background not clear.

These things should at rhe very least scroll across the screen in bold type at the beginning of every game level where the player will use a gun.
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12/22/2012 08:28 PM
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Re: gun awareness and education programs are the answer.
There should be a comprehensive training programs introduced into the US schooling system thad includes gun use, gun defence, target aquisition and elimination, shooter identification and defencive against a n active shooter or potential shooter. This should be instituted at the early grade level, like 4th or 5th and should escelate in complexity and testing as children progress towards graduation, culminating in a fully aware and responsable potential gun owner or user. This is simply because gauns are out ther, and crazy or angry people will continue to get their hands on them, so people should be brought to a higher level of awareness in order to limit potential damage and preserve the innocent.

As a soldier in basic training on the fireing line, I witnessed unsafe acts of my fellow soldiers,and this is after 12 to sixteen hours of weapons training we were given before we were even allowed to hold a loaded semi automatic rifle, yet I have stood in gun stores and witnessed civilians handle and purchase these guns without any proof that they will operate them safely. As a gun owner and active shooter for greater than 30 years I have witnessed countless unsafe acts on shooting ranges and hunting outings, even I have been surprised by the discharge of my gun at time. Fireing unintentionally while taking aim or preparing to shoot, so I know the untrained are going to run into problems.

Guns are a tool, like a car, or a hammer, all tools have the potential to harm, or damage, guns are designed to destroy, they should be approached and treate with respect for their potential.

If we can train our kids to drive in school, and to use a hammer in shop class, or to use their bodies in sex ed, this does not mean that we expect them to become drivers, or carpenters, or to become sexually active, but in the event that they are faced with these opportunities or situations, at the very least it will not be completely alien or foriegn to them, and they will have a greater chance to make good sold choices and take effective and sound action.

Guns are a reality in the world we live in, they should be addressed accordingly in order that people can make effective and sound choices on their use, and take action to defend themselves against those who would use guns to harm others.
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12/22/2012 09:25 PM
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Ther should be in place policies for gun sellers requiring gun buyers to provied proof of already having attended and passed a standardised course of instruction on the gun they intend to buy. This certificate should be linked to a national database that is easily accessed along with the background check.

The buyer should also provide a form issued at at time of purchase showing that they have already purckased a security measure to store the gun safely or at the very least have to purchase one along with the gun.

The waiting perioud should also be extended to a minimum of one week in order to perform thourough background checks.

In the event of a ban on assult weapons, there should also be a requirement that those alredy in posession of assult weapons attend a standard certification course, or turn the gun over due to a lack of responcibility in the safe use of said guns.

These measures would go a long way towards helping the general public feel more secure about the presence of guns in our society.
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12/22/2012 09:40 PM
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Ther should be in place policies for gun sellers requiring gun buyers to provied proof of already having attended and passed a standardised course of instruction on the gun they intend to buy. This certificate should be linked to a national database that is easily accessed along with the background check.

The buyer should also provide a form issued at at time of purchase showing that they have already purckased a security measure to store the gun safely or at the very least have to purchase one along with the gun.

The waiting perioud should also be extended to a minimum of one week in order to perform thourough background checks.

In the event of a ban on assult weapons, there should also be a requirement that those alredy in posession of assult weapons attend a standard certification course, or turn the gun over due to a lack of responcibility in the safe use of said guns.

These measures would go a long way towards helping the general public feel more secure about the presence of guns in our society.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 30657952

Up to this point I agree with you. However I do NOT agree with more regulations, or "required" training.
If a "training Requirement" is needed it is for everyone in America, not just "gun owners".

Adam Lanza would never have received this "training".
So what purpose would that have accomplished?
NONE.
It would be as useless as the school's "Gun Free Zone" was.
None of the "things" you propose would have stopped this Sandy Hook Tragedy.
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12/22/2012 09:53 PM
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You would not require more retsrictions or mandatory training on tools that were designed to destroy? Maybe you would allow people to drive the streets next to you in vehicles that were only designed to transport without any mandatory training also.

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