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MIKE MASTERSON: Our complex dilemma

As killers thinketh

By Mike Masterson

This article was published February 25, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 25, 2018 at 4:40 a.m.

Well said Mike, well said.

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RBear says... February 25, 2018 at 8:18 a.m.

Once again, Masterson moves to the fringe with no real solutions other than the talking points of the NRA. "I've also written before of my belief that, today, every adult American who is qualified and trained should acquire a concealed-carry permit. Yeah, it's sad we've come to this. But we must face the reality in 2018 America that self-defense only makes sense."
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Mike, it's come to that BECAUSE the US has the HIGHEST ratio of gun ownership in the world. The NRA and gun nuts have brought us to this point. More guns will not solve the problem. You are basically advocating for going back to the days of the Old West where everyone packed a six-shooter. You've been watching too many Westerns.
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But let's talk facts. The facts are that in 33 nations that enacted RTC laws saw increases from 13-15% in the 10 years after enactment. The NRA is a public arm, not of gun owners, but of the gun industry. Their primary purpose is to make sure more weapons are sold and there are the least amount of restrictions on which weapons can be sold. The NRA is losing ground in terms of membership and public support. Numerous corporations are distancing themselves from the organization because of its stance to double down after this shooting.
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Will anything change with this administration and Congress. Most likely not because both branches are beholding to the NRA and are dealing with an issue illiterate base who cannot dispute the facts when presented.

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23cal says... February 25, 2018 at 9:05 a.m.

"I sometimes wish we still lived before the 1990s when not even the most deranged chose to so frequently mass murder the innocent out of urges to commit irrational slaughter...."
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One would think a responsible writer would take the small amount of time to google up 'U.S. mass shootings" before submitting such inaccurate drivel. I am so very tired of this guy publishing falsehoods to under gird his political bias. ADG should be ashamed.
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"......as if they were actors in a violent video game." I'm inferring this is an underhanded way to blame video games for violence. Studies show that is not the case. Don't buy this falsehood, either.
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"Seen the murder stats lately in supposedly gun-controlled Chicago?" Lame. Have you seen the gun violence rates by state? Did you notice the states with the most lax gun laws have the highest per capita rates of gun violence?
Can Mike show that Chicago wouldn't be worse without its stringent gun laws? By the way, the murder stats in Chicago---the traditional whipping boy city of the gun nuts---are lower than a lot of other cities.
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"Legally restricting or prohibiting firearms as a remedy might sound like an immediate workable idea..." Damn right. Look at Japan, Australia, U.K, and others: gun bans, no mass shootings. Anyone who can't connect those don't dots can't add 2+2 and get 4.
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Geez, what a tired, thoughtless, cliched screed of standard far right inaccurate talking points. Too easy to debunk everything in it, and not worth the time it takes. Mike needs to stick to hog farms, he's good at that.

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BoudinMan says... February 25, 2018 at 9:09 a.m.

MM is a very useful idiot for the NRA.

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DoubleBlind says... February 25, 2018 at 9:19 a.m.

O.M.F.G. Put a skirt on Masterson and he could pass for Dana Loesch, in print anyway. What a DESPICABLE position Again with the STATISTICS argument. Hey, Mike, what about terrorism? Terrorists STATISTICALLY kill very few people. Yet your kind posits that regardless, most terrorists are Muslims and therefore Muslims must be BANNED. Yet you don’t apply that same logic to assault weapons even when the victims are children. What a low life, hypocritical POS you are.

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DoubleBlind says... February 25, 2018 at 9:53 a.m.

3 steps I suggest MM take immediately:
1-Read Richard Mason’s article
2-Smack his head hard against the nearest door jamb
3-Print a retraction

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TimberTopper says... February 25, 2018 at 10:24 a.m.

Mike, you need to concentrate on saving the Buffalo.

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Firefighter says... February 25, 2018 at 12:52 p.m.

In the small rural community north of me, I know of no household that is without guns including a lot of AR15 style rifles. Most men, women, and children (ages of 10 or more) know how to use guns. Almost all hunt. From asking around 40 men, I found two that belong to the NRA. Concealed carry permits are common among men and women. Local crime involving guns is almost unheard of. Trump carried the local vote by over 80%. And this is in a usually democratic supporting area. So the NRA is not the problem. Guns are not the problem. The problem is an urban people problem. How to solve the gun issue? I don't know. I suspect that you don't either.

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Delta2 says... February 25, 2018 at 1:05 p.m.

DoubleBlind, the thought of Masterson in a skirt just made me throw up in my mouth.

With that out of the way, I'll admit there was one redeeming aspect about this piece...the part about more professional counseling, with the costs being justified. The rest of this article is just hillbilly trash. I'm all for owning shotguns, rifles (the regular hunting variety), even a handgun, but I have no desire to carry one every day. Definitely would interfere with work. Even though I enjoy those old Westerns, no thank you to taking that backward step.

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GeneralMac says... February 25, 2018 at 2:25 p.m.

23Cal..........9:05 AM........4th paragraph........

If you want to praise countries that have no 2nd Amendment rights, why don't you just come right out and state you believe in getting rid of the 2nd Amendment.

RBear sure shot his mouth off immediately after the shooting.
Praising Germany despite knowing full well German citizens have no right to bear arms and one must.." show need"..to own a gun.( self defense is NOT considered a "need "

Why don't you come right out and advocate repealing the 2nd Amendment in stead of praising countries that have no 2nd Amendment ?

Is it because repealing the 2nd Amendment would never pass in the US.

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