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3/1/2013 6:00:00 AM
Kingman Letters:U.S. bloodier than Arab Spring

We all think of the 2011 Arab Spring as a terrible world of violence that took so many lives and destroyed so many countries, yet we kill twice as many people every year here in the United States with guns as were killed in the 10 Arab countries - excepting the genocide in Libya and civil war in Syria - that overthrew their governments or had large protests that forced major government changes. There were around 5,000 total deaths attributed to the upheaval in the region, while gun violence here at home killed more than 11,000 each year of the unrest in northern Africa.

There are 200 million people in these countries that have effected major change in their governments through civil unrest, while we have a little over 300 million people here in our peaceful country and yet our gun violence takes twice as many lives per year as all of the Arab Spring violence took.

Don't we really need to change the way we think and act toward each other in this country? "Might makes right" has never been a sustainable state philosophy through history and is destructive of our society.

Danny Baker


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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: pl .....

"might makes right" has never been a sustainable philosophy? You may be right, because eventually another bully comes along to topple the existing one. But like Kissinger said about how that played out with the Carthaginians, "It would probably have been small comfort to them, to know that their conquerors would themselves meet their end seven centuries later". But with the Romans, it wasn't another bully replacing them, but the rise - if you could call it that - of long-repressed northern tribes, and eventually the climate change-induced westward expanse of the Turkic peoples. My personal view is that, once their host (America, meaning us) is no longer of use to that sect of historical blood-suckers running the present show, it will be discarded ignominiously, and the seat of power in this world will move to a new theater. There are some signs you could look for during the final period of time before this shift takes place - surreptitious transfers of trillions of dollars, Presidents who play an active role in the dissolution of national industry and sovereignty, even giving away valuable Alaskan islands to Russia.....and of course, environmental/food chain/moral/cultural debacles. So history indicates more than one model of national/empire dissolution. Maybe America will conclude with a heavily-armed population sterilised and dying from Monsanto's foods and radioactive water, microchipped from early childhood, and unwittingly entertained to the end by the bloodsuckers - a reference, of course, to the Government-film industry collusion which has escorted you so far through all their crimes against us and the world.

Posted: Friday, March 1, 2013
Article comment by: Rick O'Shea

Really D.B., to use a phrase that one of your species constantly uses on other posters, where is your proof? this is just more liberal scare tactics used to further gun restriction and thereby further more government control, show the proof.

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