Friday's 'mass shooting' at the Empire State building had the shortest
shelf life of any such incident in recent memory, which is kind of a
shame, because it really does provide a valuable teaching moment. I
understand, the shooter caused only a small amount of havoc, and yeah,
there was a history of animosity between him and his victim, so it was
really more of an old-fashioned murder than a senseless act of violence.
But even though it's media time has already passed, it was an authentic
mass shooting, with 100% of the collateral damage being inflicted by
the two cops who came to the rescue. And therein lies it's lesson.
I'm thinking of a particular gun nut I know, one that's probably not all that
different from the gun nut you know (or at least the ones you've heard or
read in the media). And you know what they say, like they were wont to
after the Aurora movie shootings: "If more people were carrying guns, then things like this... blah blah blah."
Now if two cops go after one perp in broad daylight and manage to injure
nine citizens, can you imagine the amount of carnage you would get from a
couple dozen heroes in a darkened movie theater? Ridiculous, sure, but
logic isn't welcome.
I saw the aforementioned gun nut shortly after the Sikh temple shootings
earlier this month, and he asked me if I knew what his first thought was.
I said no, but of course the answer was yes. "This just gives the government another excuse to try and take our guns..."