Despite having a ridiculous amount of firearms, Americans kill Americans at a higher rate with methods OTHER THAN A FIREARM than citizens in most European countries do. Think maybe it might be more complex than guns?
Maybe a lack of social safety net, an utterly underfunded mental health system, a culture of violence, a crippling cycle of poverty and lack of options for an underclass of Americans, and the failed war on drugs might have something to do with it.
– User “Statistical”, in a comment on Ars Technica.
You think? No, it clearly must be the guns…
In response to an poorly-disguised hit-piece asking, “with all these data and hard-hitting facts at our disposal, we have to wonder why the government is still sitting on its hands instead of supporting change.”, Weerd Beard responds with:
Maybe because your article is a crappy propaganda piece.
“Police wear body armor. Why would a community member be driving around in body armor?” Craig asked.
In this particular case, it’s because the bad guy wanted to protect himself from being shot while committing a crime. No surprise there. (It’s worth noting that felons are prohibited from owning armor.)
Leaving aside the fact that the wearer in this case was a criminal, I certainly don’t think it’s unusual at all for an ordinary, non-felon private citizen in a crime-ridden city like Detroit to consider wearing body armor. Type IIA or II armor will protect against the majority of common handgun rounds which one might encounter in a place like Detroit.
Is it uncommon for private citizens to wear armor? Sure, but it seems odd to question why a private person might want to wear armor. The answer is simple, and it’s exactly the same reason why a cop wears armor: they don’t want to get shot.
“You’re paranoid, this isn’t a slippery slope” almost always means “I wish you hadn’t identified our attempt at incrementalism.”
Fark user paygun, in a post about the TSA
Screw quantum mechanics. I should have become a rocket scientist; it’d be easier.
– Me, after a particularly mind-warping quantum mechanics class.
Guns don’t kill people. Bullets kill people. Unless you pistol whip someone or hit them with a bayonet or the butt of a riffle, or the gun explodes or the gun falls from someplace really high and hits you.
– HoratioGates, in this Fark thread.
Sometimes the only way to deal with intimidation is with laughter.
If we have sunk to new depths, it is by having giants stand upon our shoulders.
– Slashdot user sukotto in this thread.