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Friday, October 02, 2015

The UCC Shooting

Yesterday's mass shooting hit me close to home.  Literally: I grew up in Oregon.  My thoughts are with the families and friends of the victims.  

People sometimes assume mental illness is involved in every mass shooting.  It is too soon to say with respect to the UCC shooting, but the association is generally overstated (here).  I have argued that restrictions on gun ownership and purchase should target dangerous symptoms, not diagnoses or treatment status (here).

While mass shootings may dominate headlines, gun suicide kills many more people in this country, roughly 58 per day.  I plan to post several items this month about an idea I have to reduce gun suicide by empowering individuals to restrict their own access to guns.  No government mandates.  My hope is that this voluntary approach can side-step the gun-control-gun-rights deadlock.

Posted by Fredrick Vars on October 2, 2015 at 09:33 AM | Permalink

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