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NRA "Solutions" Are Straight Out of Hollywood

mlund Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 1:10 PM
On top of all that, crowds disperse for cover when someone starts shooting. Mass shooters seldom go to ground or seek cover because they need to move around to pursue victims. They also obviously don't want anyone within arms-reach of them because they will be tackled and disarmed. So, no, they generally aren't in positions to create cross-fire problems if cops, security, or armed citizens attempt to bring them down after they start shooting. Never mind the fact that most self-defense weapons and ammunition are chosen for stopping power, where a bullet lodged into the target and transfers all it's momentum into the assailant rather than rips right through them. It looks like all Ms. Marsden learned about guns she learned from Hollywood.
FlamingLiberalMultiCulturalist Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 1:28 PM
Absent consideration of the larger questions about the wisdom (or lack thereof) of having more armed citizens and/or more armed guards in public places, I strongly disagree with your claim that "...they generally aren't in positions to create cross-fire problems..." , I think this is just wishful thinking. And I don't care what kind of solid vs fragmentation-type ammunition the law enforcement people are using, lots of them are going to miss the target.

Again, without even considering whether the whole idea is good or bad, issues like crossfire and bystander safety have to be examined, not wished away.
rwright Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 2:25 PM
Well said!! Very few people shoot well enough, including police officers, to guarantee that there will not be injuries to bystanders. Several armed citizens shooting at once is a recipe for disaster.
jander Wrote: Dec 24, 2012 4:32 PM
Actually, the armed citizen in Oregon held up shooting for just that reason! He wasn't sure about his crossfire. Yet, just brandishing a gun stop the killer from harming anybody else.
After a tragedy like the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., the injection of anything short of seriousness into the subsequent public discourse about guns is touchy. But last week, the National Rifle Association blasted numerous rounds into that particular barrier with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre's mouth.

The organization's hysteric solution to gun violence in America is to put designated sitting ducks -- er, "armed police officers" -- in every American school. Apparently the secret is now out that such places are "gun-free," and LaPierre says that "(gun-free school zones) tell every insane killer in America...