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How to Stop Armed Crazy People

So, we have yet-another-shooting, which usually provokes a mention on the potential wisdom of gun control and some NRA vitriol about how what we need isn’t less guns but more guns. But then, the latest incident involved kevlar body armor and a gas mask. Guns wouldn’t have been quite as useful in stopping this guy.

I have a more practical solution for the NRA to advocate. Instead of arguing that more people should carry unregulated firearms, instead create a world in which the populace is universally armed. In every pubic place we install explosive devices capable of maiming an armored human being. Then, you put a sign on each device explaining what number to text to trigger an explosion.

Improvised Explosive Devices have proved invaluable to the Iraqi population in their struggle against a well-armored occupying army. And, frankly, learning to handle firearms and having to drag them around everywhere in case a crazy person starts shooting and keeping up your aim so you can get a clean headshot . . . that’s so 19th Century Old West. We can solve our modern problems with modern technology, and put the ability to defend oneself with lethal force in the hands of anyone who can obtain a simple mobile phone.

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  • Commonsense

    Right; so if someone wants to wreak havoc, they don’t need to use any armor or weapons, they just need a cell phone.

  • Locke

    Love the satirical explanation of what’s wrong with the notion of a fully armed populace as the solution to gun violence. Took me a moment to get it, which is the mark of great satire :)

    *brilliant*

  • http://dannyman.toldme.com/ Daniel Howard

    Aww, thanks, Locke!

  • http://dannyman.toldme.com/ Daniel Howard

    Exactly! If we want a universally armed populace to contain violence, we can really do a lot to achieve that vision!