• Mass-Murderers’ Thinking, Behavior Confirm: Armed Citizens Can Save Lives

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    Surge Summary: If people study the behavior of modern mass murderers, clues can be found which will help thwart these kinds of homicidal efforts in the future. Among the discoveries is that these killers are counting on attacking innocents where no one will be equipped to shoot back. Armed citizens can turn the table on these attackers.

    by Rob Morse


    Real life isn’t like the movies. Bad guys don’t walk around with a soundtrack thumping with every step. Movie makers want to thrill us, but saving lives in real life is a lot more ordinary than that. Because it doesn’t sell tickets or sell soap, the news media isn’t interested in how our neighbors stopped mass-murderers about once a month for the last eight years. Ordinary people like us would do it even more often if politicians got out of our way.

    Recognizing a new problem- Times have changed. Today we live in a media driven culture. Mass-murderers feel like failures and they want to take revenge on society. These narcissists know that the mainstream media will give them a multi-million dollar publicity campaign if they kill enough innocent people. The murderers revel in the thought of being famous even if they are not alive to enjoy that infamy. That feeling of anticipation is one reason the mass-murderers spend years in the planning stage. Those feelings of resentment and anticipation explain why these murderers write such lengthy manifestos and diaries.

    That explains a lot about these murderers. Luckily for us, we can use their weaknesses against them.

    Recognizing new solutions- Mass-murderers already feel like a failure. They don’t want to experience more failure when they come to kill. That explains why they seldom attack a group of armed policemen or attack an NRA convention where about half the adults are armed. The media won’t give mass-murderers the recognition they want when they are stopped and killed so quickly.

    At first, we weren’t sure if armed citizens were a workable solution. Because the news media doesn’t cover it, it was hard to find cases where the attempted mass-murderers were stopped by ordinary citizens who happened to be nearby. Oddly enough, the mass-murderers did our research for us.

    Learning from the murderers themselves- These hateful murderers are obsessed. Mass-murderers study the murderers who came before them. They learned where to stage their attacks. Their journals showed that they deliberately chose to attack places where their victims were disarmed by law. Fortunately for all of us, the mass-murderers sometimes fail in their victim selection process and there was an armed defender among their intended victims.

    99 out of 100 mass-murders are in “gun-free” zones.

    The power of ordinary defenders- The mass-murderer will kill about 14 people if the victims have to wait for the police to arrive. Those dynamics change dramatically if there is an armed defender nearby.

    The scenario with an armed defender usually goes like this;

    • There are many more ear-witnesses than eye witnesses. Our first sign of a problem is an unusual sound, something like a gunshot or a scream. The defender raises his head and starts to gather more information. The defender tries to confirm what he heard and to locate the source of the attack.
    • The defender again hears an unusual sound. Now there are people running away that give a clue to the attacker’s location. Sometimes the defender can see the attacker immediately and sometimes the defender has to move to get a better view.
    • The defender might not believe his eyes and ears and waits until he sees the attacker shoot at someone again. That evidence confirms the defender’s suspicions and the defender shoots back.
    • The murderers don’t plan for their victims to shoot back. The murderer usually commits suicide when he faces opposition. Sometimes the attacker runs or is shot and killed by the defender.

    When an ordinary citizen acts as an armed defender, the murderer shoots about 4 people and about half of them die from their wounds.

    The defender’s advantage- That describes what happens, but it doesn’t fully explain it. It is true that the murderers have an advantage since they choose the time and place of their attack. The defenders have advantages too. The murderers draw attention to themselves and people run from them. When he is in the process of shooting, the murderer is almost blind to everything except his selected victim.

    Saying the murderer is blind sounds far-fetched, so please test this for yourself.

    Look at anything in the room with you. If you can, point your finger at that particular object. When you do, you are no longer aware of what is happening around you. You certainly are not aware of what is happening to the sides or what is happening behind you. As we move through the world, we focus our attention on the few things that are important, but we are blind to almost everything else that is happening around us.

    We only see what we need to see.

    This isn’t magic, but basic physiology. None of us, and particularly mass-murderers, have eyes in the back of our head. A mass-murderer is intensely focused on his mission and is particularly blind to the defenders who are looking for him. That explains why ordinary citizens like us stopped over half the attempted mass-murders that occurred where ordinary citizens were allowed to go armed.

    Mass-murderers are vulnerable.
    I’m not going to list each vulnerability because the goal isn’t to build better murderers.

    Our society is changing in many ways at the same time. Mass-murderers are learning to exploit the news media. We’ve put a generation of teenagers into social isolation for a few years during Covid lockdowns. We also have about one-in-a-dozen adults carrying a concealed weapon in public. Sociologists are studying all of these effects, but no one is studying them more intently than the mass-murderers themselves.

    As I said, mass-murderers deliberately avoid attacking the public at large where many millions of us are carrying a concealed firearm every day. Because they have studied the risks, mass-murderers target “gun-free” zones like churches and schools. Mass-murderers have been stopped by ordinary citizens over a hundred times in the last eight years. The only place we let mass-murders succeed are in the few “gun-free” zones where politicians disarmed us.

    We know how to save lives- It is important for us to know that mass-murderers can be stopped most of the time. Do we need more places where victims are disarmed, or where the victims are allowed to shoot back? That answer is up to us.

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    Originally posted here.

    Image: Adapted from: DrunkDriver – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16873824

    Rob Morse

    Rob Morse works and writes in Southwest Louisiana. He writes at Ammoland, at his Slowfacts blog, Clash Daily and Daily Surge. Rob co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast, and hosts the Self-Defense Gun Stories Podcast each week.

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