KEN-JENNINGS wrote:in other words, gun deaths in America isn't statistically significant to worry about, so "who cares", right?
Are you still mad? If you want to talk statistics, then no, mass shootings are not statistically significant. They are, like plane crashes, rare, which is why they are big news and such emotional topics.
The number of such incidents has stayed relatively static over time, the big difference is that the body counts have increased. It probably is too easy to get an AR-15, and it is too easy to get a mass load of magazines. The weapon facilitates these crimes for the same reasons the military chose it. It's light, accurate, and the ammo is not unbearably heavy to carry around. Does your average homeowner need one? No. But there are already between 5 and 10 million of them floating around in the US. Pandora is long gone.
But my original point was that even if you do ban semi-automatic rifles like this, you're still not dealing with the underlying issues that cause a person like this to want to hurt others. By all accounts, he was a broken individual. Maybe this whole have lunch with someone who's sitting alone trend will be the answer. Maybe it will be something else. Maybe there is no solution. Neither you nor I have the answers.
I really do feel like the entertainment and media industries are at least partially to blame for stuff like this. The shooter is getting more personal attention now than he likely ever would've received for a good deed. His name will be on the internet forever. They will write books about him. He will have his own Wikipedia page. There will be TV mini-series. And because we have a fucked up society, he will likely become a cult hero for some perverse section of the population - like Charles Manson and his fan clubs.
Last edited by Jay (2018-02-15 09:28:27)