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Imagine how large the death toll would be if a fairly intelligent person figured out he wanted to cause the maximal number of casualties, and took time to prepare and deploy something. Even the 9/11 death toll would be insignificant to the result of that.
If you had a couple of biochemists going for maximum casualties of an attack they'd be discussing if it "success" should be a million or a billion, not 1000 or 100
It's fortunate that with greater knowledge and ability also comes perspective. To date 9/11 remains the worst terrorist attack, and though it is tragic it does give me some hope for humanity that nothing worse (terrorist related specifically) has happened in the US or Europe.
Guns terribly inneficient in the scheme of things. Even medium sized trucks have proven to be more deadly, and certainly IEDs.
Of the various forms of weapons I'll be the first to admit biologocal weapons scare the hell out of me far far more than any other.
Getting back on track though, Imho, the reason we keep seeing mass shootings is that we've made them popular. The media is mostly to blame, but it does not operate in a vacuum, and just shows what people want to see, and consume. So long as the killers are glorified by having their faces and names plastered all over, things won't change.
I do love seeing that as of late there's more of a trend on the heroes in these tragedies, and on the survivors. An aspect of that, that seems to be largely ignored, is just how many lives have been saved by people, teachers and students, with zero training, just their wits and bravery. Having an armed security guard or two, or ten, or making kids wear clear backpacks, and go through metal detectors won't help. It might prevent a few idiotic attempts, but in the larger scheme of things more focus is needed on perhaps arming some teachers, and training students in basic self defense.
In the UK it's stabbings and acid attacks, how are they going to outlaw kitchen tools and car batteries.......it's not the tool it's the bad actor, they will always find a way, question is will we be empty handed if a bad actor comes through our door, I won't, I can make my own weapons, it's actually still legal to make your own firearms, but know the limits and your local laws before you do.
It seems to me that the old adage, "a poor workman blames his tools" may apply here, in a strange way.
Let me explain.
I see the values and morals of society have degraded to such a degree that human life has so little value anymore.
Why are we blamng our tools then??
A short clip from an Australian movie from 1958, "Smiley gets a gun".
I have eight children and I have raised them the best way I know how, respecting their fellow man and treating others as they would like to be treated.
Each one of them shoots guns/rifles for recreation.
We don't misuse our tools, why should we suffer from the fact that there are other poor workman out there?
I won't give up my tools because societie's morals and eduction have been ruduced to rock bottom.
Oh yeah this a great idea
Watching just now an episode of Live PD which made me look. They pull over a guy who had a warrant on "strong arm robberies" and he got a "decked out Honda with a similar pistol shifter handle that was more of a old west 45 handle:can: