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  •  No mass shootings at pet stores, either. (1+ / 0-)
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    I didn't have any luck finding any mass shootings at pet stores. Not a lot of guns there.

    The number and location of shootings says very little about the cause without considering the larger context. You can't assume a cause and then further assume that that can be transferred elsewhere.

    I reiterate: How many children are acceptable collateral damage in the scenario you advocate? What is stopping the gunman from using a child as a human shield? We already know that most such gunmen have little concern for their safety. If they did worry about the danger of being killed, they wouldn't kill themselves.

    The threat of deadly force does not work on these people, they have already moved beyond such fears.

    •  Pet stores aren't usually crowded, ... (0+ / 0-)

      though malls often are ... and malls are targeted for the same reason schools are.

      If you don't think the initial absence of deadly force is a factor ... if not THE factor, other than location population density ... just what DO you think serves to draw killers to schools, malls and theaters?  It seems pretty obvious to me that the attraction is the odds of a high number of casualties that serves their goal.

      The whole "acceptable collateral damage" question is just nonsense.  You can ban guns 100% starting tomorrow and such laws won't remove a single one of the 300 MILLION that are already out there.  Get real.  Vulnerable people of all ages will continue to die and the only way to reduce their numbers is by being equipped and able to confront their attempting killers when they make their moves.

      "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

      by Neuroptimalian on Sat Dec 22, 2012 at 12:29:09 AM PST

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