When does personal responsibility become a part of the question?

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I believe that we cannot blame an entire society for the crime commited by an individual. Everyone has to take responsibility for their actions. Owning a gun and using the gun to commit a crime are two different issues. It is important to make people know that every choice and action has consequences.

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I think that several of the characters are responsible. Especially Vince and Trudi, they were very much against what was happening in the media but then at one point, they thought they could fix the problem the same way it started.

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Personal responsibility is the main culprit, therefore the shooter is responsible. The point the author is trying to make is the easy access to such dangerous weapons can make a bad decision a deadly one. There is one character who turns in all of her guns to be destroyed, not harming a single person.

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I think ultimately it is the shooter's responsibility. They have options. They choose to shoot. They could let the law do their job, they could pass peacefully, but they chose to shoot. Yes, guns tend to be available to just about anyone, but there are things done to try and keep that from happening. But if we make laws stricter for regular people to get guns, it will just make criminals search harder to find ways around it all to obtain guns illegally.
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kfwilson6 wrote:
08 Mar 2018, 09:34
I've heard people refer to objects as EVIL, commonly anti-gun folks will refer to firearms that way. But it's not the gun that is evil. The gun is just a thing sitting in someone's safe, perfectly neutral. It is the action of the user that can be deemed evil. So for that reason I would say the manufacturer of the gun is not to blame for what happens after it is purchased. It is solely the responsibility of the user. People can own guns for so many reasons: hunting, shooting competitions, personal protection, law enforcement/security type job. I very strongly believe in taking responsibility for one's own actions and in every case in Final Notice, I solely blamed the shooter. I didn't blame Vitaltech for the Final Notice alert, I didn't blame the NRA for their marketing efforts, I didn't blame the gun manufacturers and sellers.

I do think it is a great moral choice to intervene if negative outcomes seem likely. I do believe the NRA was misguided in marketing to a group that may consistent of a large population of people who are not fully capable of making rational decisions. But it was not their fault that anyone was shot.
I couldn't agree more. You cannot live in a free society and shirk the personal responsibility that comes with those freedoms

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Personal responsibility should be immediate. With that being said, if you see something say something!
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I think all the characters have a responsible role to play. Seniors and their relatives know that they are vulnerable to dementia. Manufacturers of devices and those who promote sales are also responsible.

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Post by Prisallen »

I think the shooter is responsible, but I, also, think that anyone who has a clue that things are going badly for the shooter has a moral obligation to step in and try to help him before it reaches that point.

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Post by Namaste23 »

The shooter is to blame, but there is so much that happened leading up to the event that happened to that person that led to them making that decision. It could be stuff from their childhood all the was to recently developing a mental disorder. It’s more than just waking up one day deciding to go on a shopping spree.

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