...a couple staffers had been armed?
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Guns are certainly the most efficient and effective way of killing available to most people. Also shooting a gun at someone is quite impersonal and detached relative to other methods. You can be 10, 20, 50, 100 feet away from someone and kill them with a gun.
I don't know. If I could drive what seems like a delivery truck into a crowded area, park it, and detonate a truck bomb from around the corner with a cell phone, that could kill many more people and it could be made from materials available from grocery and hardware stores.
If you were to kill them with a knife, or a blunt object, these are very up close and personal methods of killing. Your physical attributes now factor into the scenario more your stamina, your aim.
A knife can make it easier not to miss the way a bullet can. But of course you need to get up close and personal. Not hard when you're killing small children.
Killing someone with their bare hands is more personal still requiring more strength endurance and factoring in body size to the likely success rate. Again these differences are quantifiable in terms of the relative success you will have in killing large numbers of people, and now you are required to be in intimate contact with a person to kill them.
Strangulation has never been popular with mass murderers. Serial killers, yes, not mass murderers.
All of these mass killing have been very impersonal and symbolic. The details have yet to come out but it appears that this guy did not go to into that school to kill Ana Marquez-Greene for example, he was angry and the school was the target of his anger. The guy in Colorado did not go into the theatre to kill a specific audience member, he attacked a symbol. Of the methods of killing available to these nut jobs the most detached and least personal method, guns line up quite well with the mindset of the perpetrator.
But if Plan A isn't available, I'm sure he'll go to a Plan B method. The theater shooter could have taken a backpack full of explosives into a theater and detonated it from the lobby and enjoyed the mayhem that followed.
So I agree, lets lock doors, arm guards, police patrols, improve mental health treatment and availability, but I think we owe it to the families in Newtown, that we don't take any options off the table as we have this discussion on how to address this problem.
Sadly, simply banning guns isn't an option due to the 2nd Amendment, and I doubt if psychological barriers will pass Constitutional muster. I also doubt if they'd even be effective. Most nut jobs are rational enough to know how to tell their evaluator what they want to hear. Not perhaps the ones who are so mentally disorganized that they can't dress themselves, but most of these shooters seemed to live ordinary lives other than perhaps seeming a little odd to their associates.
Obviously, we don't want to start oppressing people who don't quite fit the perceived "norm" (goths, punkers, bikers, atheists). In fact, that might simply feed their paranoia and CAUSE a massacre by the ones who were on the edge!
Myself. I can open a combination lock in about 15 seconds. Grabbing the gun and checking to make sure it has ammo, another 15 seconds (loading ammo might take perhaps 15 to 30 seconds depending upon what the weapon is and what needs to be done). Body armor, if I decide I'm going to use it, another 30 seconds. Let's say it takes me a minute to find the shooter in a school the size of the one in question. Total time, around 2 minutes and 15-30 seconds
The only thing you would do is get yourself in the way of getting 2 to the chest and 1 right in your head.
I feel like Im talking some kid who has been playing too much video games.
I'm 66, don't play almost any games, and have a lot more life under my belt than you do. You talk like a very aggressive person who pushes people around or bullies them in everyday life. It won't work here. It'll just mark you as another one of the kids who sign up here and haven't learned how mature adults talk yet.
He should be better at not talking back to his elders and betters then, since all they get trained in is killing effectively and following orders. Godspeed Private Sheee-e-e-eeple.
Can we conclude he's a Marine based on his icon when he talks like an insecure 16 year old wanting to impress his buddies out under the bleachers talking about girls? If icons are to be trusted, I'm Max Headroom!
For what? Talking to someone who deliberately baits you in and then tries to bash you when you don't see his way. Get real
Im sorry am I supposed to be offended here? Especially coming from a 64 year old man with the self proclaimed genius attitude that still haven't gotten past the 5th grade bully mentality.
You're the one who talks like a swinging dick in a dive bar.
Sadly we can feel insecure at any age.
You talk like a very aggressive person who pushes people around or bullies them in everyday life.
That's an ironic statement to make in the same thread where you cite your own smarts and level personal insults at those who disagree with you.
I would never say "I'm smart." If I cite I have background and experience in an area where it's relevant and apply logic to discussions, that is being aggressive and/or bullying? How is that? He does express himself like a boy, an observation I'm sure other adults here have thought.