steve rains Posted over 2 years ago Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone. Rob: Thanks for the reply, I must admit I had to look up the countries in the OCED ( Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Your statement “we are the only OCED country that has this problem” is factually incorrect. Mexico which has strict gun laws is in a lawless state of war with mass killings each day due to the drug wars that continue unabated. Mexico's current status quo is similar to our prohibition period, which exemplifies the argument “if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns” . Given the choice I would rather live anywhere in the US under current gun laws rather than live in Juarez unarmed. Greed, corruption, violence and murder is the law of outlaws working in a black market whether we are talking about guns, drugs, prostitution or other illegal activity. There has been a lot of talk and some action on legalization of Marijuana in the US, while I do not use the stuff, it seems to me there is a valid argument in legalizing rather than continuing to allow drug cartels to kill innocents for profit. This debate and other originated from the school shooting, but many more die each day in the trafficking of illegal narcotics. Yet after an endless cost and escalation of efforts by our government, the demand and use is still there. Do we really want our gun market to be ruled by cartels? If we outlaw guns, or severely prohibit them will we not set the stage for cartels to profit from the demand? Will they do background checks?