A student wearing a dark suit and a ski mask opened fire Tuesday with an assault rifle on the University of Texas campus before fleeing into a library and fatally shooting himself. No one else was hurt.I certainly don't want to take anything away from Brad, but now that I think about it, anyone could have predicted that. In fact, the gun turned out to be an AK-47, which I think is understood to be an "assault rifle," even if it's the semi-auto version often found in the States. So, I'm not sure what his point was.
The TTAG analysis goes on to basically repeat the same old pro-gun responses to these incidents. First there's the old "violence IS inevitable," which means the gun is just a tool and eliminating it won't solve the problem. I never understood how rational people can believe that. Compared to guns, knives and bats are less likely to be lethal and much less likely to harm multiple victims.
Then there's the statistics game. I'm sure if pressed the author of this statement can back it up, and then someone on the gun control side could produce an opposing piece of "proof." I call that the statistics game.
Statistics prove that states where citizens can legally carry have lower crime rates than states where it is difficult or impossible to get a gun.Finally there's the solution:
...every citizen over the age of 21 who is not a convicted felon or judged to be mentally ill must take a gun safety class where they learn how to shoot and safely handle a gun.At first I thought it was the old arm-everybody-for-protection thing, but Brad was making another point altogether.
At least that way, when some idiot starts ranting about how we should make the entire country a gun-free zone, they will have had the benefit of having shot a gun in practice, and not leave their knowledge of guns to stem from reruns of Starsky and Hutch. Just sayin.’He wasn't saying what I thought at all. He's just taking a swipe at the gun control folks whom he thinks know nothing at all about guns. If they'd only avail themselves of the experience of shooting a real live gun, they'd change their minds.
I really don't know what to say to that, except I don't think so.
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