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When Seconds Count…

November 21, 2008

When seconds count, police are only minutes away.

Money quotes from this television report:

The psychological profile of a mass murderer indicates he is looking to inflict the most casualties as quickly as possible.  Also, the data show most active killers have no intention of surviving the event.  They may select schools and shopping malls because of the large number of defenseless victims and the virtual guarantee no on the scene one is armed.

As soon as they’re confronted by any armed resistance, the shooters typically turn the gun on themselves.

We also conducted our own analysis of mass murders in the U.S. The vast majority occurred in schools or on college campuses where firearms are banned as a matter of state statutes. Others took place in post offices where firearms are banned as a matter of federal law. Most of the rest took place in shopping malls or other businesses where the owners posted signs prohibiting firearm possession by anyone including those with CCW permits.


As journalists, we are not interested in entering into the heated debate over gun control.  We are, however, interested in reporting the facts.  In this story, the facts point to the active shooters ignoring gun prohibitions and perhaps selecting those locations because they are “soft targets” where no resistance would be found.

Kudos to the reporters at WCPO for actually reporting the facts. Disarming well-trained, responsible gun owners to create target-rich “gun-free zones” makes no rational sense whatsoever.

Hat tip to Xavier for finding this.

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