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Thread: Time for Alcohol Control?

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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by zstep18 View Post
    I guess I look at guns specifically as it relates to schools. I don't want guns banned all together. Believe me. I actually want to get a gun myself one day (if the other half lets me!).

    If we have people armed in schools, which is the alternative, how does that play into the psychology of the kids at school?

    And I was so adamant about the drunk driving case mostly because I was in mock trial and the biggest case I dealt with was a drunk driving case.
    Having one or several armed designated guards at entry points will help protect schools but the answers take time and rational thinking, not a bunch of knee jerk reactions. A combination of small changes, including better screening for the mentally ill are about all we can realistically address for now. Unfortunately, freedom comes with a cost and twisting tragic events to fit a politically motivated or social agenda is a very disingenuous act towards society as a whole.
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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Contrary to popular belief, prohibition reduced consumption and disease associated with alcohol.
    But added a mountain of other problems, including violent crime and disease associated with poorly manufactured liquor.
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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Surtr View Post
    But added a mountain of other problems, including violent crime and disease associated with poorly manufactured liquor.
    Crime remained even during most of prohibition.
    It actually peaked before it was instituted.

    A lot of the disease was related to denaturing of other alcohols, but I will admit that poor manufacturing was a contributing factor.
    However cirrhosis was greatly reduced.
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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    The point of this thread, was to question how far are people willing to go in order to preserve life, by restricting access to something that is shown to be dangerous, but that they also use more often and/or find acceptable.
    Alcohol and guns are very different animals, they do share some common characteristics (use for different cultural groups, entertainment, etc.)

    I'm guessing most people don't want to restrict access to alcohol, even though there are far larger, negative societal effects.
    To me, it's a contradiction in beliefs.
    I want to know why people will make excuses for one side, but not the other.

    I'd rather people own up to, "hey I accept there will be bad things that happen, it's not right, but that's the price of living in a somewhat free society."
    You agree that alcohol and guns are different animals. When you talk about alcohol-related deaths compared to gun-related deaths, I think you fail to take into consideration the 'intent' of violence and the violence caused towards innocent, and just the the power and control one has when holding a gun.

    In my opinion, these considerations are important.

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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by zstep18 View Post
    You agree that alcohol and guns are different animals. When you talk about alcohol-related deaths compared to gun-related deaths, I think you fail to take into consideration the 'intent' of violence and violence caused towards innocents. And just the the power and control one has when holding a gun.

    In my opinion, these considerations are important.
    I understand there are different levels of intent, but at the end of the day, both groups of dead people are still dead.
    If our intent is to reduce overall death, from non necessary things, then we should not stop at just firearms.
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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    I understand there are different levels of intent, but at the end of the day, both groups of dead people are still dead.
    If our intent is to reduce overall death, from non necessary things, then we should not stop at just firearms.
    MY intent is to reduce deaths of violence and specifically violence towards children.

    You see deaths across all levels as the same, at least that's what it seems to me. I see some deaths as even more horrific than others.

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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by zstep18 View Post
    MY intent is to reduce deaths of violence and specifically violence towards children.
    Then you'd be more in favor of further restrictions on alcohol.
    It's one of the number 1 issues involving reported child abuse.

    Quote Originally Posted by zstep18 View Post
    You see deaths across all levels as the same, at least that's what it seems to me. I see some deaths as even more horrific than others.
    No I don't, death from natural causes is unavoidable, everyone dies.
    Premature, innocent deaths are a different animal.

    In any case, someone innocent dying from the effects of another is wrong.
    It doesn't it make it less worse because it was an accident, by intoxication.
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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by zstep18 View Post
    MY intent is to reduce deaths of violence and specifically violence towards children.

    You see deaths across all levels as the same, at least that's what it seems to me. I see some deaths as even more horrific than others.
    Over 18,000 children die of starvation or hunger related issues everyday in the world. We can do something about this and starving to death hurts a lot longer than a gunshot wound.
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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    I think comparing gun-rights to other issues is getting a bit old.

    "Alcohol" control and gun control really are very different questions and the analogy is too distant.

    Alcohol control seems to be going too far. I do think if someone gets drunk and kills people as a result of being drunk, it's murder and should be treated as such.

    BUT as acceptable blood alcohol levels falls and fines/jail/punishment goes up, I think it's gone TOO far. On New Year's Eve, we opted to NOT go out, because of all the police out and we wouldn't dare have a drink. If you say "yes, but I only had one" they will have you blow a breathe test, do a field sobriety test etc - and if they decide you failed it's going to cost you $10,000 in fines, costs, increased insurance and a massive stigma.

    One reason it does NOT work as an analogy, is no one claims that getting drunk of beer is safer than drunk on whiskey. Alcohol is alcohol is alcohol. The stuff that gets you drunk is 100% the same in all liquors. There are different firearms and ammo and they are not all the same.

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    Re: Time for Alcohol Control?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Then you'd be more in favor of further restrictions on alcohol.
    It's one of the number 1 issues involving reported child abuse.



    No I don't, death from natural causes is unavoidable, everyone dies.
    Premature, innocent deaths are a different animal.

    In any case, someone innocent dying from the effects of another is wrong.
    It doesn't it make it less worse because it was an accident, by intoxication.
    Yes, yes it does. Intent and accident are completely different. It's not my fault if you can't understand the difference between a murderer who intentionally kills someone and someone who doesn't intentionally kill someone.

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