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Why this quote is so important to understand is because it speaks volumes to a human condition, and lends credibility to the gospel accounts in the bible being 100% factual.
I starred your post for your words on "if everyone just cared 1% more about other people" but your attempt to show relation to the OP's mention of the apostles' sacrifice of their lives for holding true to their beliefs in Jesus to a mad gunman in a crowd isn't even slightly close in similarity in my mind.
Also, there were nearly 40 years between Jesus dying and the first gospel being written, 40 years of Rome and its army capturing, persecuting, and killing thousands of Christians. How can we know the gospel contains the same message as what those early Christians died for?