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    Posted December 15, 2012 by
    mesa, Arkansas
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    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

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    Pragmatic ways to curb violence


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     genalek says he was emotionally distraught when he heard the news at work of the Newtown school shooting. He says he thinks people in America relate to violence more than in other countries due to the violence in the media, movies and videogames.

    As a father of two small children, he thinks there needs to be more security added to public places, at least for the time being. In addition, he suggests better screenings when it comes to gun sales, and looking into people's mental health and their age. 'There should be an age limit too. People in their early twenties have smaller worldview, but people who are older have a better idea of consequences,' he said.

    He says a way to curb violence in America is not only eliminating lethal ammunition sales, but also increasing media that reinforces positive and the idea of social connectivity. 'Violence is a byproduct of our society,' he said. 'I think people are desensitized to it.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    There should be a rigorous screening and testing done for certain individuals that have a real need to own lethal ammunition. There should be also an age limit, for example most of these mass murderers are in their twenties so the minimum age should be at least 30 years old. People that are seriously concerned about the safety of their families should own a fire arm but it shouldn't have to be charged with bullets that kill. A gun with rubber bullets, teaser gun, any time of ammunition that can stun or immobilize is just as effective when thwarting an offender. There is a reason why countries that have made owning a weapon illegal have the lowest homicide rate and why U.S. is the highest in the world. Our blase opinions on rights of ownership of fire arms will have be addressed and critical decisions will have to be made in the next legislative talks. Human live can no longer take a seat back in the face of an obsolete colonial attitude that shaped attitude about gun ownership several hundred years ago.

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