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Kate Jones

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The time is NOW for people to stand up and say 'No More Assault Weapons" and not wait for the government to legislate the change.

Change starts when people change, not when governments legislate change. Think back to the days when driving drunk was socially acceptable, no matter who died in the process. Then Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) formed. The rest is history.

The time is 'now o'clock'. We will change our resopnse to violence and stop purchasing violence video games as gifts for our children, and stop patronizing films that promote violence, mayhem and murder. Glorifying the horrific has become the norm.

What happened in Newtown, CT should never happen again.

Remember Mahatma Ghandi's words: "Be the change you want to see in the world". The time is now o'clock!

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    Dec 19 2012: "We will change our resopnse to violence and stop purchasing violence video games as gifts for our children, and stop patronizing films that promote violence, mayhem and murder. Glorifying the horrific has become the norm."

    Question.
    How many of these very same games and films are available in Canada, Japan, China, Australia and the 50 countries located in the European block?

    Next question:
    How much gun crime do these countries have?
    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_wit_fir-crime-murders-with-firearms


    As much as I agree with you on the subject of banning assault weapons (and guns in general if the opportunity arose, its about time this 'govmunt gunna get us' American paranoia was put to bed),
    blaming inanimate items that are viewed/used by 100's of millions all over the world and using it as the go-to excuse because of the actions of one person is quite simply lazy and misguided.

    Correlation does not equal causation. Just because certain outlets show guns does not mean that someone who uses one was influenced solely (or even vaguely) because of it.
    It was argued with Rap music=violence before it and Rock music=satanism before that. It was asinine then and that reality remains unchanged.

    Perhaps you should instead consider the more likely explanations:
    Lifestyle > parents > Psychological state > events in life > PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY > What provoked the event to happen at that time.
    Hopefully then we can get on the right track and actually fix the issue, rather than scapegoating it and allowing such events to continue happening.

    Take care.
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      Dec 20 2012: Thank you for your most thoughtful post, Xavier. By far, you make the most sense. Absolutely, lifestyle > parents ? psychological state > life events > PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY all play a part. A 20-year old may be old enough to vote and wear a military uniform, but a 20-year old is stll technically an adolescent. There is evidence now that the brain doesn't develop to the point where putting the brakes on taking one's irrational thoughts and putting them in action. Absolutely, answering your question of what provoked the event in the first place is crucial to addressing the tragedy and preventing similar events from occurring in the future.

      I know, without a doubt, that we as a nation need to address the issue of gun violence. I am a gun owner myself, by my rifle is locked in a carry case. I doubt I will ever use the weapon. My intension is not to ban guns, but is there really a need for weapons that fire 3-to-10 rounds per second?

      We have a generation of young people who have grown up in the information age, are totally at home in a virtual reality, sometimes more there than in the real life reality, and where many are children of privilege. The lines between privilege and responsibility are blurring, if not disappearing. That is a tragedy. If we don't model self responsibility, how can we expect our children to be self responsible?

      I am grateful to TED for this arena to read and respond to the comments of others.

      Take care.
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        Dec 24 2012: Kate when is the brain fully formed and matured? I'm not sure if ever, it seems humans are constantly learning and changing. I have no studies to back that up, its my belief, though studies are hard for me to believe as the absolute truth.

        Yeah, your original post is a little more imposing than these later comments.

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