After 911, the USA justified going to two wars after 3000 people died in a one-time terrorist attack. Yet 40,000 Americans are killed each year on highways and streets. Half of those deaths could be prevented with stricter enforcement of current traffic laws. Yet we don’t want police to issue too many tickets for unsafe driving.
The chances of an American getting killed in a traffic collision are much greater than getting killed by a Muslim or right-wing terrorist.
I live in Canada, but I would like ask those Americans who carry concealed weapons: “How many terrorists did you stop last week?”
And I have another question for them: “Do you think you have the training and life experience to handle a mass shooting — and can think clearly in such a stressful situation?”
Spending a few hours on the gun range does not prepare one for this situation. Ask the military and police who have taken a lot more training. They are still flummoxed when put into actual combat.
It’s a strange world.