“Given the same ubiquity of guns, wouldn’t the most productive question be what, if anything, has changed since the 1960s and ’70s? Of course it would. And a great deal has changed. America is much more ethnically diverse, much less religious. Boys have far fewer male role models in their lives. Fewer men marry, and normal boy behavior is largely held in contempt by their feminist teachers, principals and therapists. Do any or all of those factors matter more than the availability of guns?”
And although the Virginia Beach killer was a black man, most of the killers have been and continue to be white men. There’s a question right there.
An interesting take on the Virginia Beach shooter’s choice of handgun, one with a noise suppressor (a silencer, in Hollyweird’s inaccurate parlance) that bodes evil if it becomes a trend. “What saves lives? The sound of gunfire.”
Pat Condell on Twitter: “Lots of slippery condolences for from politicians who don’t want to address the core problem. Those people were murdered because they were Christians. The problem is not ‘terror’, but Islam’s message of violence towards non-believers. No other religion has it.”
Here’s a good idea from Defender88 at the NRA’s Shooting Illustrated:
“Buy a stack of man size silhouette targets.
Take 1 and make a large x across it.
Indicating this is a Non-Threat target.
“Staple the non-threat across the front of a standard threat target. Cover 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 of the threat target. Practice moving and shooting and hitting the threat (say head shot) without hitting the non-threat. At different distances.
Find out what your real capabilities are, under ideal conditions. Considering how you would feel in hitting a non-threat : Wife, kid, by-stander.
Try making a head shot, while moving, with one hand, etc.
Then consider it will be 10x harder in a real fight.
One thing more important than knowing ‘when’ to shoot is knowing when ‘not’ to shoot.”
And, having practiced, being ready to employ your knowing.
Via Shooting Illustrated
We never knew how just was our cause until we entered the rotten interior of Germany and beheld for the first time the unbelievable results of Nazi greed and cruelty – the shallow, quick lime graves – the feeble thanks and tears of joy of the emaciated walking dead – the slave laborers, who were former free men in Europe – miserable wretches whose plight might well have been the lot of our own loved ones had we not succeeded.
May this history, then, be dedicated to those who died inconspicuously, but not in vain, that freedom might live.
—From the Combat History of the 137th US Infantry Regiment (Kansas National Guard), 35 US Infantry Division, which fought
from Normandy to the Elbe with the 1st, 3rd and 9th US Armies
Via commenter David All at Simply Jews
“The answer is for more good people to own guns making it less likely a coward would attack a soft target because of return fire. Bad people will always find a way.” —commenter JimTDavis at Gab