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originally posted by: Shamrock6
First: I have nothing to support the theory other than my own experience and its lead to a question:
With two reports of shots fired/active shooters in a week, and both turning out to be erroneous reports, am I the only one wondering if these are potentially testing the response of authorities? Or is it simply a case of people being on edge?
Example: I see a lot of organized retail crime (huge industry, believe it or not. People can make a living, or support a drug habit, by boosting high value merchandise and selling it) in my area and one thing we see a lot of times is the crew will pull off a small theft and then gauge the reaction of store employees, loss prevention, and law enforcement. They'll use alarmed fire exits and then wait to see how the alarm is responded to. They'll run out the front doors and then watch to see what happens. Bank robbers (guys who could be called professional, anyway) do the same thing: visit a bank a few times, see the layout, look for guards, etc.
So - am I the only one wondering if there's something more to this than a couple of nervous Nellies?