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Question: Do you think handguns should be banned?, Why or why not? CPNN article: Bowling for Columbine: A great bang for your movie buck
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Posted: Dec. 31 1999,17:00

This discussion question applies to the following articles:

Bowling for Columbine: A great bang for your movie buck
Cultura de paz, presente en “Adiós a las armas. Contrabando en las fronteras”
Culture of peace, present in “Goodbye to guns. Contraband at the borders”
US Senator to Introduce Gun Control Bill
Rays of hope in Newtown (United States)
Please Watch 'Bowling for Columbine' With Me This Saturday Night
USA: Educator unions reject guns in schools
Women-led initiatives promote nonviolence in the US

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Posted: Aug. 17 2003,16:05

I think Moore demonstrates that banning gun ownership is not, in itself, a solution to gun violence. He openly admits that Canada, "our friendly neighbor to the north," is home to a large gun-owning populace. Yet, it has a ridiculously small number of gun-related deaths each year. The difference, and one of the main themes of the movie, is a culture of violence and fear.

One of my favorite scenes in "Bowling" is when Mike discovers that Canadians never lock their doors. They simply aren't affraid. By contrast, the mainstream American media bombards us with murders, fear, scapegoating, and paranoia. During his interview in the movie, Marilyn Manson labels this as the "culture of fear and consumption," tying it to America's unique brand of paranoid hyper-capitalism (to coin a phrase :D ).

The moral of the movie, I would argue, is that we must address violence and guns as a social problem. And while banning gun ownership may be one tactic in this struggle, it is far from a solution.
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Billy Conde Goldman
Posted: Dec. 17 2012,00:45

(in reaction to the mass murder of schoolchildren at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut this week)

The following is from Konrad Lorenz, King Solomon's Ring

Morals and Weapons

"When, in the course of evolution, a species of animals develops a weapon which may destroy a fellow-member at one blow, then, in order to survive, it must develop, along with the weapon, a social inhibition to prevent a usage which could endanger the existence of the species.  Among the predatory animals, there are only a few which lead so solitary a life they they can, in general, forego such restraint.  They come together only at the mating season when the sexual impulse outweighs all others, including that of aggression.  Such unsociable hermits are the polar bear and the jaguar, and, owing to the absence of these social inhibitions, animals of these species, when kept together in zoos, hold a sorry record for murdering their own kind.  The system of special inherited impulses and inhibitions, together with the weapons with which a social species is provided by nature, form a complex which is carefully computed and self-regulating.  All living beings have received their weapons through the same process of evolution that moulded their impulses and inhibitions; for the structural plan of the body and system of behaviour of a species are parts of the same whole.

"If such be Nature's holy plan,
Have I not reason to lament
What man has made of man?"

"Wordsworth is right: here is only one being in possession of weapons which do not grow on his body and of whose working plan, therefore, the instincts of his species know nothing and in the usage of which he has no correspondingly adequate inhibition.  That being is man.  With unarrested growth his weapons increase in monstrousness, multiplying horribly within a few decades.  But innate impulses and inhibitions, like bodily structures, need time for their development, time on a scale which geologists and astronomers are accustomed to calculate, and not historians.  We did not receive our weapons from nature.  We made them ourselves, of our own free will.  Which is going to  be easier for us in the future, the production of the weapons or the engendering of the feeling of responsibility that should go along with them, the inhibitions without which our race must perish by virtue of its own creations?  We must build up these inhibitions purposefully for we cannot rely upon our instincts."

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Posted: April 22 2013,20:04

Under pressure from the gun lobby, especially the National Rifle Association, on April 18, the Senate of the United States failed to pass a law designed to control the sale of guns such as those used in the Newtown massacre.  Here are excerpts from the account on Democracy Now.

Senate Kills Gun Reform with Defeat of Every Key Measure
The Senate has sparked widespread outrage after defeating every major gun reform measure on the table. One by one, proposals unveiled since December’s Newtown shooting massacre failed to reach the 60-vote threshold in a Wednesday vote: a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, a bipartisan compromise on expanding background checks in gun purchases, and new penalties for illegal gun trafficking.

Obama Decries "Shameful Day" After Senate Defeat of Gun Control
At the White House, President Obama stood with a group of gun violence victims and their families to denounce the senators — including some Democrats — who defeated the proposals.

President Obama: "The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. A minority in the United States Senate decided it wasn’t worth it. They blocked commonsense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the Senate gallery."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to pull the overall gun-control bill from the Senate floor later today.

Calling the vote a "shameful day" on Capitol Hill, President Obama vowed to redouble his efforts for gun reform.
President Obama: "This was a pretty shameful day for Washington. But this effort is not over. I want to make it clear to the American people we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence, so long as the American people don’t give up on it. Even without Congress, my administration will keep doing everything it can to protect more of our communities."

4 Dems Join Republicans to Defeat Gun Reforms
Senators Max Baucus of Montana, Mark Begich of Alaska, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Mark Pryor of Arkansas were the Democrats to join with Republicans in blocking the gun-control proposals.

GOP Bid to Override Concealed Carry Laws Fails
In a small victory for gun-control advocates, a Republican proposal that would have allowed gun users with concealed weapons permits in their home state to ignore the laws of other states was barely defeated after attracting 57 votes, three shy of the 60-vote hurdle.

Gun Violence Survivor Removed from Senate Gallery After Yelling "Shame on You"
A number of gun violence victims and family members watched the vote from the Senate gallery. As the gun-control measures were defeated, Virginia Tech mother Lori Haas and Tucson shooting survivor Patricia Maisch, shouted "shame on you."

Vice President Joe Biden: "Who yields time?"

Unidentified: "Mr. President —"

Patricia Maisch: "Shame on you!"

Vice President Joe Biden: "There’ll be order in the Senate."

Maisch was removed from the gallery. Maisch survived the 2011 Tucson attack, seizing a gun clip from the shooter when he tried to reload.

Giffords Denounces Senate for Blocking Gun Control
Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered serious brain injuries in the Tucson shooting, was among the gun-control advocates to appear with President Obama at the White House. Writing in The New York Times, Giffords denounced the Senate opponents of gun reform, saying: "Our democracy’s history is littered with names we neither remember nor celebrate — people who stood in the way of progress while protecting the powerful. On Wednesday, a number of senators voted to join that list." She added: "I will not rest until we have righted the wrong these senators have done. ... We cannot allow the status quo — desperately protected by the gun lobby so that they can make more money by spreading fear and misinformation — to go on."
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