Today's mass shooting in the US

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Nah, that was just a LARP. ;)

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You only have to look at other countries with strong gun cultures like Switzerland and Israel to see that guns aren't the problem.
Great stat! What about this one .... for every gun death in the UK there are 13 deaths in Switzerland.
Oh, and 53 in the States.
 

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But but the swiss are generally sad people.... All that fresh air, a significant amount of disposable income average food...... Oh wait yes more guns....
 
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Great stat! What about this one .... for every gun death in the UK there are 13 deaths in Switzerland.
Oh, and 53 in the States.
So if the UK had more access to guns, it would be higher IMO. I'm glad there was a handgun ban, but really feel for the regular folk enjoying a hobby, and those with collections that were taken away.

A neighbor shot and killed another neighbor a few years back. There was beef between them, and one night a drunk unarmed neighbor went round to the other guys house and was yelling about wanting to fight the guys adult kid. Neighbor gave one warning I believe, then shot and killed the other very drunk unarmed neighbor. In short, it should never have happened, and the neighbor should just have waiting a few minutes more for the police to arrive.

It's in a townhouse community, not some remote location. I have no problem with guns, other than it makes it too easy and gives people a feeling of security in situations they should have avoided in the first place.
 
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I don't really think the lack of full auto helps, soldiers rarely use that mode except when you're jumping into an enemy trench. You mostly miss, it burns through ammo and is more likely to cause a stoppage - I wonder if having this mode availabe could actually reduce casualties.

There are exceptions like the sniper type shootings from a high position, etc. but often with a mass shooting the highest cluster of deaths is front loaded and automatic fire typically increases that as initially people will be slow to react and often in groups in limited space like hallways, classrooms and offices.

There is very little reason for people as a general thing to have access to handguns or even semi-automatic rifles but I don't support a complete ban on that just because people don't have a reason.

As Screeeech mentioned Americans culturally have social factors like the obsession with materialism and so on which likely means unlike is more typical with other countries if you banned guns a high number of mass killing events would continue via other means.
 
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So if the UK had more access to guns, it would be higher IMO. I'm glad there was a handgun ban, but really feel for the regular folk enjoying a hobby, and those with collections that were taken away.

Something which amazes me - there is a firearms amnesty in my area until the end of the month and they have pictures of what was handed in when they ran it last year - amongst the usual tat of broken starting pistols, air rifles and "zip guns", etc. was a fully automatic, apparently fully functional, Uzi type gun (I couldn't identify specific make/model from the picture) and a pair of 1911s.

When they ran it back in 2017 or 18 there was several assault rifle type weapons, etc. including an AK47 type rifle.
 
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Yes it is nonsense, Standard Fat Joe has ZERO chance a government ZERO... Hence nonsense, opinion doesnt even come into it.

Lets forget about guns for the moment.... Does the average Joe have suitable supply lines

The resistance in Vietnam and Afghanistan was led by trained militia groups and soldiers—most of them professional—well equipped with a modern arsenal provided by friendly nations.

They were fighting opponents who were not committed to total war, and who never committed more than a token force to the battlefield. They never faced a full scale conventional army at full strength. IIRC, America's combat strength in Vietnam never exceeded 60,000, and those troops were spread across the entire country.

There has never been a single case of American citizens taking up arms against their own government and successfully defeating the US military. It is literally impossible, they would be obliterated in minutes.

This isn't top trumps and they wouldn't just line up in a field and shoot each other with their biggest guns... now I'm not saying an armed population would win but they certain can deter a tyrannical government and they certainly wouldn't be obliterated in minutes - even with the might of the US army the US landmass and scale of its armed population is too much for them to hard police in a conflict and that assumes it came down to a situation where everyone in the army took the side of the government and everyone else took the side of the people.

Fitness, training and the reality of how many would actually get off their arses and fight are the far bigger factors in such a situation than the imbalance of what each side are armed with.

It would be a different situation again if you had the US military operating from the US mainland against a similar country with an armed population, but in this kind of situation they'd lose much of their own supply lines, maintenance and production capabilities - they would quickly exhaust their available stocks of things like cruise missiles, even fuel for tanks and aircraft, etc. and the people could much more choose when and where to engage and where not to. The US military would have to consolidate their positions - the military upper hand would be much diluted when spread out over such a large area - so they'd have to pull out of many bases, etc.

As for supply lines - there are private individuals in the US with stocks of ammo which would put many countries to shame... there is a video somewhere of a guy with like 12 shipping containers stuffed full of boxes of .308 after rumours of an incoming ban :s

Mat's vault from Demolition Ranch:

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Is far from an anomaly in the US - I used to play Quake 3 CTF with a US clan and several members had similar size collections of guns including .50 cal rifles, etc. one guy used to work part time for a gun shop so he could own all kinds of stuff - not sure I still have the pictures but he had row on row of AR-15 pattern guns all decked out in fancy accessories and enough ammo and parts to last a zombie apocalypse.
 
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Another day
Another American Mass Shooting event
Another American President saying "now is the time for change"
Another opportunity to do nothing.
 
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https://youtu.be/2TGoreFWJH8
*Texas Gov. Abbott: Border Patrol Officer Shot and Killed Uvalde Shooter in Classroom
*Texas Gov. Abbott: No Criminal History Identified yet for Uvalde School Gunman
*Texas Gov. Abbott: There Was No Known Mental Health History for Gunman
*Texas Gov. Abbott: Gunman Posted on Social Media 30 Minutes Before Shooting Saying He Was Going to Shoot His Grandmother
*Texas Gov. Abbott: 3 Law Enforcement Officers Were Injured
*Texas Gov. Abbott: Deputy Sheriff Lost a Daughter in the School Shooting
*Texas Gov. Abbott: Gunman Also Made Social Media Post Saying ‘I Shot My Grandmother’ and ‘I Am Going to Shoot an Elementary School’
*Texas Gov. Abbott: No Other Warnings Were Made Other Than the Facebook Posts
*Texas Gov. Abbott: Was Disrupted by Heckler Accusing Him of Doing Nothing on Gun Crime — Live TV
*Heckler Who Accused Texas Gov. Abbott of Doing Nothing on Gun Crime Was Democratic Nominee for Governor Beto O’rourke

~Headlines from 18:35 - 18:55 BST today.
 
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Today I head an interesting stat on the States:

A US non-profit group, the Gun Violence Archive, defines mass shootings as those in which four people or more were wounded or killed.

The organisation has recorded 215 such shootings so far this year to the middle of May, including nine in which more than four people were killed.



215 shootings, five months. Two. Hundred. And. Fifteen. :shock:
 
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