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Tracey likes to shake things up and then take the lid off. She also likes to keep the peace, especially in a safe, fuzzy place. Writer, editor, producer, yogini, ('cause yoger or yogor simply doesn't work) by day, rabid WordsWithFriends and DrawSomething! player by night. You can follow her on Twitter: @traceylkelley or @tkyogaforyou

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TRACEY'S LATEST COLUMN

guns don't kill people....
the ongoing fight for mental health
7.20.12 : feature!

In light of another tragic mass shooting, this time in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, many people are pounding their chests about the need for gun control.

And once again, these people are missing the point.

While it's unfortunate the United States ranks first in the entire world for private gun ownership, and our country's firearm licensing is permissive rather than restrictive, further regulations can't guarantee a violence cease-fire. After all, a mass murderer isn't going to blink twice at a charge of illegal firearm possession.

What we continue to fail to realize as a society is that anything can be used as a weapon if intent is behind it: guns, knives, tear gas canisters, hammers, mauls, saws, chains, tweezers, ballpoint pens.

A fully-fueled airplane.

A disclaimer: I'm not a proponent for gun ownership. Unless someone is hunting animals for sustenance, I see no viable reason to have a firearm. In this modern age... 
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re: guns don't kill people....

A flawless piece written in record time. Awesome!

re: god for president 2012

Damn straight.

re: god for president 2012

I vote you to be God's next press secretary. Just sayin'.

re: god for president 2012

Awe.some.

re: irrussistible

Just an incredible job capturing what Russ was about. Thank you.

re: irrussistible

Russ is smiling!

re: irrussistible

A beautiful tribute to a wonderful man gone too soon. Thank you so much for writing and sharing with us.

re: irrussistible

Not really sure that a critique here is necessary. Nice job.

re: irrussistible

Lovely. Absolutely lovely.


re: tune out to tune in

Very thought provoking and well argued, but I'm not sure this CNN junkie can break the addiction. I know I -do- feel better when I take a break from current events but can't seem to resist.


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