I've been pondering something for awhile and I think this bird is ready to take out and serve. I hope this forum is appropriate as this is not tied
to ANY specific recent event or the current political debates raging in our nation.
The thought that sparked this originally was looking at spree killings in a logical and reasoned way. Much the same way I've been taught to diagnose
computer problems or while trucking, work mechanical issues a hundred miles from anyone, well enough for a mechanic to understand what's wrong. It's
a simpler process here, actually. This isn't about fixing something, it's about breaking it. Let me explain.
In my analysis, there are 4 things a spree killler needs, regardless of where they do it. Be it a School, Mall, Workplace or public square. The basic
requirements to the killer don't change. As I see it here, they are:
The shooter must be able to get into the location with the tools to do the killing. I say tools because places like Columbine had
almost 100 explosive devices forming the primary means of attack. This isn't even gun related, see?
The killer requires victims who won't shoot/stop HIM. He needs people who won't fight long enough for him, the killer, to do
what his warped plan requires. Even Fort Hood saw this play out as a room full of soldiers, taught the basics (at least) in hand to hand defense and
with more inclination to interfere than the average person, was shocked into numb compliance in their role as victims. Armed MP's ended it and
obviously, not soon enough.
A Shooter or Spree Killer needs weapons. This isn't as clear cut as it sounds. Around the same time Sandy Hook happened in the
United States, a crazed man did a similar thing in a school half way around the world with a knife. It also made headlines. As mentioned, Columbine
used far more explosives (which failed to function) than firearms. In rare cases, people have even gone berserk and killed or maimed with their bare
This is the MOST crucial thing a Spree Killer needs. As opposed to a contract killer, a crime of passion or a planned murder for
personal gain or revenge, a Spree Killer has multiple victims across an undetermined area of space and in most cases, not neatly gathered in one
place. This demands time for relatively free movement to hunt and kill the victims he's gone there to kill.
When someone seeks to make a thing or system or plan work, it's a difficult thing at times. Many moving parts or factors MUST all work and work
properly. If any one important factor fails, the system fails. In the example of my 18 Wheel truck, the whole thing could and DID come to a sudden
dead stop on occasion by things as simple as a $1 fuse, the lack of a $5 tube of grease or picking up a $0.10 nail on the highway. Show's over and
Game's over. Until that tiny thing works again? Nothing works. So it is, I approach this problem looking to BREAK the system a Spree Killer requires.
Not the whole system...and not every factor. Just ONE. ONE factor he needs to do his evil work. That factor?
Time is a funny thing and it's perceptions. Time can seem like an hour is a few minutes or each moment can seem an hour. It can be a tough thing to
conceptualize. I had been a professional driver for 3 years when I first had my epiphany for time and how long seconds really are. A CHP Officer
helped that after I told him a car hit my truck about 5 seconds after I stopped. Well, he asked twice more...how many seconds? I was pissed by the 3rd
time and he knew it. Who was he to teach me time? Well...He was someone who understood it better than I did. 5 seconds sounds SO short...until you
stop and long count that. 1...one thousand. PAUSE 2....two thousand PAUSE 3....three thousand PAUSE and so on. It got settled out that it was 2
seconds, not 5 as I'd have sworn to in COURT before he had his lesson on true time at a road side accident scene.
So how does the lesson of a CHP Officer years ago help? The killers NEED time. That is an ABSOLUTE requirement. Seconds matter. It takes less than 3
seconds for an untrained person to change magazines in a handgun. 4 seconds in an AR-15. This is assuming they aren't holding the loaded one and
starting from the cold click of an empty chamber. Halve that time, otherwise or with training. Still.. TIME.... This is how and why I've chosen that
factor and only that one. It is THAT critical.
There are people here who have experienced my suggested solutions first hand. There are some who have simply read about them or maybe seen one of them
in the real world from a distance. Others already fear them and haven't even seen one function. This is telling and makes quite a statement in
itself. What I will go on to outline here is NOT for the weak of heart or soft of will. We're dealing with a problem measured in the dead bodies of
innocent people. Solutions that will WORK and not simply look good on paper and for press conferences will RARELY EVER be pretty, easy or to many,
It's for the above reason I start this by saying, NOTHING I am suggesting should or would be used outside of an active spree killing situation or
other ONGOING and IMMEDIATE threat to life. To enforce and insure that, I would DEMAND as any solution be picked up, laws at state and federal levels
be added along with them for their misuse...and with CLEAR, not vague language. EXCEPTIONALLY clear...so even a child can literally understand and be
comfortable with how and when these measures would be implemented.
You're sitting in a middle class eating place at your favorite shopping mall. You're there with your wife and children. It's not a special day or
any occasion this evening but just a time to get out of the house and spend some family time together. You don't have a weapon and for whatever
reason, cannot personally do anything to intervene or to stop what is about to happen.
You hear shooting from up the mall breezeway. In initial curiosity, you go to the window and see, as no one outside has begun to react yet. Seconds
pass... 5..10..15.. when panic sets in outside. Finally..NOW..people realize just as you do, those were and *ARE* gunshots and screaming which is
moving your direction.
Over those 15 seconds, others moved faster. You realize the doors to the rear kitchen area are already locked or barracaded. You cannot run. Your
family is with you. This isn't a bar..just an open eating area. There is no effective hiding.
(The gunshots move closer...the screaming louder and more...pain filled, you realize)
You grab your family and frantically turn tables to hide behind, praying whatever is shooting won't come there. It'll move on..it won't visit you
(commotion outside...crashing sounds at entrance)
You now realize the sirens you just started to hear are almost there....as gunfire erupts inside your eating place. You can't be seen..your family,
can't be seen. Your in cover! You're safe. ...and those are your final thoughts as the bullets tear right through the CONCEALMENT...not
COVER..you'd sought. You've failed yourself and your family. You're dead and so are they.
How the hell do we stop this scenario playing out?