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I've said it before, but it bears repeating:
I can think of no possible reason why we, as American citizens, allow civilian possession of assault weapons. Their only purpose is to make human slaughter as swift and efficient as possible and I believe giving them the same Constitutional protection as legitimate firearms like those used for hunting or personal protection is irresponsible and intellectually dishonest.
Having said that however, I'll be the first to acknowledge that preventing future bloodbaths through gun regulation alone probably won't succeed without also addressing society's unhealthy obsession with violence as entertainment.
You may share my disdain for guns. But let's be honest. Do you really believe today's crop of ultra-violent video games can't possibly have a desensitizing effect on the young people who play them? Or that the movies and TV shows that continually stretch the boundaries of violence and gore have no potential whatsoever to influence behavior?
If mass media has no power to influence the kinds of decisions we make, then why do companies pay millions of dollars to advertise in the Super Bowl?
I still think we should ban all assault weapons. But I know that's only one step. Our society contributes to this problem in far too many other ways involving personal irresponsibility, and the sooner we also recognize that, the closer we'll be to a solution.