"Politics is the Art of Looking for Trouble, Finding it Everywhere, Diagnosing it Incorrectly, and Applying the Wrong Remedies"
Lost in this whole killing/gun debate is the fact that most deaths caused by guns are suicide. The argument behind the suicide is take away the guns and people will think about it longer and perhaps not kill themselves, well jumping off a bridge is pretty damn easy and there are a lot of those kicking around, I love how the anti-gun people like to tell you what other people will not do.
Just like the kid who shot up the theater in Colorado, no one "knows" what someone else will or will not do, it is called "free will" for a reason. You have the freedom to impose your will, you will never take that aspect of humanity away. It has been tried throughout time and people just will not stand to be limited.
Freedom includes the good and the bad it always will, over 6000 deaths and half a million injuries are estimated to be caused by distracted electronic related automobile incidents. No one is up in arms to remove the Ipods, Cell Phones, Radio etc...from automobiles. 1 death per 10,000 Americans is caused by Automobiles, compared to guns that is huge, in 2010 there were 8,775 murderers with guns or .27 deaths per 10,000 Americans yeah if you include suicide that rate will climb to about 1 death per 10,000 Americas but again how do you count self inflicted violence against death rate?
The bottom line is, was and always will be the help which is administered to the people who need the help. You will never be able to determine who needs help if they don't come asking or give you clues to let you in on their sickness. The writeup I will post below might be the most sensible thing I have read on the Internet in quite along time on gun violence, this piece by Michael Moore is spot on;
I have said over and over again, the guns are not the problem people our society is the problem, our core issues are what drive us to hate crimes and violence. Our desires to be the best, needs and wants all play into the society that lends itself to social problems. We have focused on being so inclusive that we have lost what made this country great, the differences of its people. It is OK to say Merry Christmas to a Jewish person if you are Christan, just let the Jewish person say Happy Hanukkah back, exchange a handshake of good tidings and be civilized people who wish good to each other but share different beliefs. Take some time to learn about Muslim practices and holidays so they can feel included into our culture, hell there isn't a religion in the US that seems to be shunned more than Muslim but I don't see anyone, from our countries leaders down, trying to change that. We built this country on the practice of immigration, Italian, Polish, German, English, Irish, Scottish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Turkish, Indy, and the huge huge influence of all the African Nations, it is a melting pot of culture and there is frankly no other place on Earth like the US.Since Cain went nuts and whacked Abel, there have always been those humans who, for one reason or another, go temporarily or permanently insane and commit unspeakable acts of violence. There was the Roman Emperor Tiberius, who during the first century A.D. enjoyed throwing victims off a cliff on the Mediterranean island of Capri. Gilles de Rais, a French knight and ally of Joan of Arc during the middle ages, went cuckoo-for-Cocoa Puffs one day and ended up murdering hundreds of children. Just a few decades later Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Dracula, was killing people in Transylvania in numberless horrifying ways.
I have traveled all over the world, been to many places, seen many things and I love my country for its good and its bad. The strength was, is and always will be its people so maybe if we tried to fix the social issues amongst its people the rest would fall into place and we would need to assign blame to cover our social problems.
What Would a Redneck Do?
Dont think you were refering to texting specifically, but just wanted to add that some things we were able to do are now being limited.
Laws don't educate people around the "issue", laws only restrict public freedom. Laws are why this country took to arms for its freedom in the first place. Law is a restriction based on need, need is opened ended based upon opinion and opinion is open to interpretation depending on your perspective.
Laws are never the answer given the choice between education and legislation.