October 3, 2017

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." I keep hearing this shopworn and repugnant response to the Sandy Hook horror over and over in my head as I watch TV coverage of the incomprehensible (and currently topical) massacre in Las Vegas.

I'm subsequently imagining a Las Vegas scenario where *all* those concert-goers (in a perfect, NRA-style world) ALSO had their own auto-modified AK-47s or AR-15s.

Imagine that first burst of fire from the 32nd floor being answered by a return volley from 20,000 armed country music fans, locked, loaded, focused-- and spraying the living shit out of the front of the Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Imagine an area the size of a couple of football fields, winking and blinking with muzzle flashes. Imagine the nonstop, staccato roar of 20,000 weapons spitting chunks of lead thru the night air and striking the windows, and walls, tearing thru Venetian blinds, curtains... and the flesh and bone of random hotel guests.

Think maybe there'd be a bit of collateral damage? Maybe more than a paltry 58 deaths? Perhaps a few of those shots went wide, or one or two of those folks were NOT superb marksmen who managed to put every round on target with pinpoint accuracy. Imagine the nightmare as we tried to identify the body of the perpetrator amid the shredded corpses in all the adjacent hotel rooms... and all over a couple of square blocks of downtown. Multiply the horror of one mentally defective person with a throbbing rage boner, unleashing his inarticulate message of anger on that crowd by a factor of twenty thousand.

We'd surely have to all be feeling a helluva lot better, yeah-- we good guys with guns? Wouldn't we be refreshed and relieved, sated with the rewards of swift and overwhelming vengeance? Basking in a sense of justice and righteousness in the aftermath, yes? Don't you think..?

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