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  •  There were eight women (0+ / 0-)

    and the first impression was the appearance of a man with a gun at the door. They likely realized that they could have all been shot in rapid succession. He was taking them one at a time from one room to another, raping, strangling, and stabbing them. These women were Filipino, probably smaller in stature and submissive in nature particularly back in 1966 when mass killings of this nature were less commonplace. They were probably terrified beyond the ability to resist even if it were in their nature to do so. I read the account of the lone survivor and remember it well. She described how silently they all died, one after the other. Honestly, I don't give a damn about how Speck used his gun. He was able to kill eight women without actually firing a shot.

    Having easy access to a gun is like having the key to any number of bad outcomes.

    According to you a gun or ammo ban wouldn't even matter because it was just the threat of a gun. If he'd been holding a real looking toy gun, it would have been the same result right?
    You are using inductive and somewhat contradictory reasoning. You are supposing that without the presence of a gun as the first and very real possibility of death,  eight women would have quietly submitted to sequential murder. Have you considered the ability of eight-- actually nine women running like hell in the opposite direction of Speck and his knife and making one hell of a noise while doing so? Granted, there is an inherent fright or flight built into all of us. I maintain that at some point these women would have attempted an escape if it weren't for the gun. These women were intelligent enough not to set off a shooting spree but at the same time terrified into submission.

    But if you're trying to make a case for guns somehow being a good thing, be my guest. The avenues for this argument are becoming increasingly threadbare and shrill. I sincerely hope you or any of your loved ones never find themselves at the wrong end of a gun and I could only hope that you or your fellow owners never pick one up in anger.

    Have a good evening.


    by rightiswrong on Thu Jan 31, 2013 at 09:22:47 PM PST

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