> When was the last time you saw
> anyone walking around with a shotgun?
If the hypothetical argument is that an armed society is a polite
society, and adults should be armed with pistols to defend themselves,
then why can't that theoretical pistol be replaced with an equally
theoretical shotgun, which is a more effective self-defence weapon
than a pistol?
Turning the idea completely on its head, if the same nut went into
Virginia Tech with a gas mask and Sarin, who would advocate that all
citizens should be armed with Sarin in order to bring down the
This is a bizarre and totally made-up theoretical, but unless your
hypothetical citizenry is vastly different from the citizens in my
world who routinely mis-drive their cars into each other despite years
and years of daily practise, your self-defending pistol citizen is
going to inflict some collateral damage...
The simple truth is very hard to hear. Those kids had no idea what to
do. A university classroom is full of improvised weapons for those so
inclined, and they probably could have simply run down the hall and
escaped. None of the kids who ran was shot, if reports are accurate.
It gets worse.
People are told to stay in place and in groups because it's easier on
the police than trying to classify and protect or prosecute
singletons. What's convenient for the police is convenient for a
madman bent on mass extermination too.
Those kids had no idea what to do and they died. It's not their fault
and it's not their teacher's fault. Tomorrow, or the next day
there'll be another horrific thing that someone dies over, and people
there won't know what to do either. Madmen always see a new way to
perpetrate the unthinkable.
The very definition of a tragedy.
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