Monday, December 17, 2012

Would you feel more, or...

...less, safe if you knew that your neighbor had a gun like the one above? From an article in the Times today (my emphasis): 

...the AR-15 style rifle — the most popular rifle in America, according to gun dealers — was also the weapon of choice for Adam Lanza, who the police said used one made by Bushmaster on Friday to kill 20 young children and six adults in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in a massacre that has horrified the nation. 

The increasing appearance of the rifle in rampage killings — an AR-15 was used by James E. Holmes, who is accused of opening fire and killing 12 people in a movie theater in Colorado in July, police officials say, and by Jacob Roberts, who shot and killed two people and then took his own life in a shopping mall last week near Portland, Ore. — has rekindled the debate about its availability and its appeal to killers bent on mass slaughter.

What if you knew that your neighbor was suffering from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia? Would you really want him to have access to a gun that? Really? 

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