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Rethinking Civil Defense - Interesting OpEd Piece in Colo Springs Paper

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Uenoparker, Apr 18, 2007.

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  1. Uenoparker

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    Smart of him to acknowledge that the only way to actually end these things is for society to magically move toward better values like a giant wave. Unfortunately, you can't legislate that, so one has to do something in the meantime.

    What's interesting is that hardening soft targets can be both a bottom-up and top-down approach. Individuals can choose to use the best tools to defend themselves when the SHTF. In the same way, governments and leaders can harden targets by running smart catastrophe drills in schools, allowing teachers and workers to be armed, or any other outside-the-box solution.

    On the other hand, changing society's values seems ineffective from both a bottom-up and top-down approach. Individuals obviously can't change the parenting techniques in little Jimmy's house before he shoots everyone. They can change their own, but that may not help them in the end. I usually hate it when people instantly look for the top-down solution, but there may be an opportunity for that: black leaders could criticize the mainstreaming of prison and gang culture, the media could do less sensationalization of massacres, or the government could roll back a lot of its programs to teach people self-reliance and confidence. All of these seem unlikely and perhaps ineffective.

    It's an interesting problem.
     
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    Common sense in the press???? I must be dreaming.
     
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    Post the text, it stays here forever after the link is long broken.

     
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    Impressive thinking. Is the Gazette much of a paper, size- or influence-wise? The writer seems too sane to ever make it to the big MSM. :(
     
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    The Gazette is probably either the 3rd or 4th read paper in southern Colorado being in a close race with the Pueblo Chieftain. Both the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News would be bigger by far tho .
     
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