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How do we even begin a productive conversation about guns?

Dialoguing Life
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:08:52 GMT

It's a heated an contentious topic that flares up after every of the way-too-many tragedies we experience. I'm not looking to debate how to prevent these in the future; I want to know how we even begin the conversation about how to prevent them. More thoughts in the blog post: https://www.dialoguing.life/blog/how-do-we-start-to-talk-about-gun-violence

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:07:06 GMT

I've read a couple of articles from the The Washington Post that have talked about Europe and Australia's response. There was a study done in Australia which had done a gun buy-back program. In the place with highest buy-backs there was both a large drop in mass shootings AND a large drop in suicide deaths. Perhaps adding this benefit to the conversation would move things along.

Dialoguing Life
Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:59:12 GMT

To tweak that slightly, I think establishing a common set of goals would be instrumental to having a productive dialog. Regarding buy-back, if that were to gain any traction here, it would have to be clear from the get-go that it's an optional program, not a seizer.