Sources: U.S. District Court for D.C. via Wired, Wired
quote: You will never see some lunatic go to a shooting range and try and gun people down... there is a very good reason for that.
quote: Dude- lunatics will gun people down and then SHOOT THEMSELVES. Other people carrying guns will not stop them.
quote: Others with guns trying to hit him while the smoke was around would probably hit innocent people before they got the shooter. Remember the shooter didn't have to aim just randomly shoot,...
quote: ...the others with guns trying to stop him would have to have good aim or they would hit random innocent people.
quote: It is a fire extinguisher. Just before he gets in sword range, you can spray the contents of the fire extinguisher into his face and get away or throw it at him.
quote: The issue is not whether if gun carrying patrons would have lessen the damage in these rare cases but what happens the rest of the time that these gun carrying citizens are going about their regular lives. Say they are carrying when they are drunk and get pissed off by someone and decide to use the gun; I think this will occur much more often than the occasional crazy that decide to do something like this.
quote: All I'm saying is passing here-say/opinion/word-of-mouth off as fact is utterly useless. You tend to do this quite often.
quote: That's completely inaccurate. You should feel ashamed of what you have just said.
quote: What delusional world do you live in?
quote: 5 or 6 people in that theatre in colorado with handguns could have completely changed the outcome of that shooting... perhaps 5 or 10 less people would have lost their lives.
quote: Dude- just because you can get a license and go to a firing range doesn't mean you have perfect situational awareness, judgement and aim.
quote: The hull of the plane will also likely get shot multiple times from multiple directions as well from those thinking "I got this."
quote: One point is valid: a handful of bullet holes isn't going to cause a crash, unless the pilots are incompetent or the airframe hadn't been properly maintained. If aircraft were delicate little butterflies there'd be a lot more aviation disasters.
quote: So? Aircraft are designed to handle things like the exterior doors coming off or punctures to the fuselage. The pilot will have to drop to 10,000 feet (so the people don't pass out) and fly to the nearest airport. You've watched snakes on a plane a few too many times if you think a couple pistol rounds is going to tear a giant hole in the side of the plane and cause massive structural failues leading to the plane falling out of the sky.
quote: Who knows, in that situation, someone might take the opportunity to shoot a flight attendant because of a missed connection earlier in their travel.