19 Feb 2018

An Older (But Definitive) Post on Gun Control and Mass Shootings

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Fits in the pocket just fine.

Larry Correia differs from most people talking about the Parkland High School shootings in that he actually knows something about guns.

Hear me out. The single best way to respond to a mass shooter is with an immediate, violent response. The vast majority of the time, as soon as a mass shooter meets serious resistance, it bursts their fantasy world bubble. Then they kill themselves or surrender. This has happened over and over again.

Police are awesome. I love working with cops. However any honest cop will tell you that when seconds count they are only minutes away. After Colombine law enforcement changed their methods in dealing with active shooters. It used to be that you took up a perimeter and waited for overwhelming force before going in. Now usually as soon as you have two officers on scene you go in to confront the shooter (often one in rural areas or if help is going to take another minute, because there are a lot of very sound tactical reasons for using two, mostly because your success/survival rates jump dramatically when you put two guys through a door at once. The shooter’s brain takes a moment to decide between targets). The reason they go fast is because they know that every second counts. The longer the shooter has to operate, the more innocents die.

However, cops can’t be everywhere. There are at best only a couple hundred thousand on duty at any given time patrolling the entire country. Excellent response time is in the three-five minute range. We’ve seen what bad guys can do in three minutes, but sometimes it is far worse. They simply can’t teleport. So in some cases that means the bad guys can have ten, fifteen, even twenty minutes to do horrible things with nobody effectively fighting back.

So if we can’t have cops there, what can we do?

The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by law enforcement: 14. The average number of people shot in a mass shooting event when the shooter is stopped by civilians: 2.5. The reason is simple. The armed civilians are there when it started.

The teachers are there already. The school staff is there already. Their reaction time is measured in seconds, not minutes. They can serve as your immediate violent response.


HT: Gail Goodman.

5 Feedbacks on "An Older (But Definitive) Post on Gun Control and Mass Shootings"

Dick the Butcher

Gun-Free Zones kill.

The truth sets afire the hair of liberals, RINOs, and NeverTrumpers.

Steve Gregg

I notice that in most of these crazed gunman scenarios that they go berserk for about fifteen minutes and then their rage is spent. That’s how it played out in Columbine where the shooters stopped shooting people after fifteen minutes even though they had plenty of ammo and targets left. It’s obvious that a spoiling attack is the obvious defense made soon after the attack is launched.

Spurt Reynolds

The reason I carry everyday is not to protect myself so much as to protect others.

All these shooters are cowards and I will not go down without a fight. Though I believe that they will surrender at the first shot fired back.

Arm a few teachers, and everything will be fine.

Seattle Sam

Please don’t let facts get in the way of an emotional argument.

Seattle Sam

I can’t help myself.

50 years ago about half of households owned guns and regulation was light. Today regulation is more prevalent and only about 30% of households own guns. 50 years ago we didn’t have school shootings.

What’s changed?

Another fact (sorry). 50 years ago there were more than a half-million people confined in mental hospitals. Today it’s fewer than a fifty thousand.

Again, I apologize for introducing facts and logic, but is it more likely that the advent of school shootings is related in some way to gun ownership or the fact that we don’t lock up the mentally ill?

Can someone explain to me why constraining the freedoms of a half-million mentally ill is more onerous than constraining the freedoms of 50MM gun owners?


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