Your additions are certainly valid, and while I am doubtful of it happening any time soon, I am hopeful one day that enough people will see the plainly obvious that we can stop this stupid war.I would add to your list:It amazes me how little traction this thread gets and how the gun threads generate page after page day after day. The low hanging fruit in stopping gun violence, or any violence, is ending the stupid war on drugs. It is the war on drugs, more than any other thing, which contributes to:
1) conflicts between the police and community
2) high incarceration rates for the poor, which disproportionately affects African Americans and Hispanics
3) which then results in dead ending any escape of poverty for those who carry the scarlet letter of a drug conviction
4) gang and turf wars over territory which then catches innocent people in the crossfire
5) the money which drives illegal trafficking in arms which then flood the battlefield in the war on drugs
This, of course, does absolutely nothing to address the aberrations and outliers in gun violence which capture all the headlines, but it would actually save a lot of lives, would result in an improved quality of life for tens of millions of people, would offer a path out of poverty for millions of people who are trapped there, and offer the type of hope that chokes off the feed pump to gang violence. It would not just be "doing something" it would be doing something positive that would benefit all of us, or at least all of us who do not derive power and wealth from continuing this stupid unwinnable war.
6) erosion of privacy rights. The drug war has set numerous precedents unfavorable to our rights when it comes to permissible searches, technologies for surveillance and their (lack of) oversight, etc.
7) erosion of property rights. As detailed in the FAIR Act thread.
But the drug war concentrates power in government and provides a profit center for private prisons, law enforcement unions, and other interest groups.
As for the lack of interest, it's hard to get partisan Dems interested in reducing government power, especially when there's a D in the White House and we're talking about devolving that power all the way down to the individual, not just a lower level of government. So that leaves partisan Republicans, who sometimes like reducing government power but can't stand it if someone smokes a joint instead of drinking a shot of liquor.
So if you take away the partisan Dems and partisan Repubs from this place, what are you left with? Me, mostly.
But you said the G-word, so maybe this thread will attract some interest now and maybe people will stop voting for drug warriors. And maybe I'll start reeling in a fish with every cast. Hey, it COULD happen.