DENVER, Colo. (AP)
The prevalence and daily nature of shootings across America is serving as a deterrent to other mass shootings, so says a study released today by the gun rights advocacy group New American Riflemen. According to the study, a greater number of people confessed to considering engaging in a massive slaughter of innocent life in a public place, but then chose not to pursue the idea because of the potential chance of being overshadowed by a bigger, even more senseless horrific loss of life by someone with a different ideology.
“I know I did,” said one administrator of the message board They Cannot De-Fetus, who posts under the handle of DieDocsDie. “One day we’re thrilled to be putting the issue of overturning Roe v. Wade back in the public consciousness once we as a nation were getting over mourning for the loss of life at an abortion clinic, and the next we’re already out of the spotlight because it’s all back to domestic terrorism again. It’s frustrating. It really is.”
Michael Baker, a spokesperson for the Homeland of National Security, has confirmed the findings based on his own experience in investigating possible threats forming within the United States.
“Just off the top of my head I can cite about a dozen instances where a planned attack on a mall or sports arena using AK-47s being discussed on terror networks were tabled because mass shootings of that type were becoming far too commonplace to illicit a fear response from the country,” said Baker.
Baker’s observations are mirrored in the NAR study findings, which suggest that well-organized terror organizations are “essentially saying ‘fuck it’ to using guns on attacks in the United States because the nation is just so numbed to it by now,” said NAR Vice-President Jack Randy. “They’ve conceded that using guns just isn’t going to make an impression any more and are having to build around using explosive devices, chemical and biological weapons, or radiation, aka ‘dirty bombs.’ For perhaps the first time in firearms history, terrorists are laying down their arms as a tool in their war on terror, and we believe we owe that to having massively overpowered weaponry in the hands of the citizenry.”
Another advocacy group, Live Free, Live Ammo, which had received an advance copy of the findings, heralded the results in a press release of their own. “This is exactly what we have been saying since the beginning: having more guns out there discourages bad guys from committing gun violence. And now we have absolute, conclusive proof of that,” the press release states.
The report mirrors heavily the findings by LFLA’s own study from 2014, which showed that an increased number of workers laid off from their jobs felt the need to return to their former place of business and open fire on their former co-workers. In that study, individuals were asked about whether or not they considered committing multiple homicides following a lay-off. The results showed that two out of five disgruntled former employees decided to pass on “getting back” at their employers by using a gun because they believed that either someone else who had been laid off would take care of it, or because they knew that someone else who had been laid off already had.
Not everyone is as buoyed about the study’s findings, however. Melody Adams, a mother of three and the president of the Carlson County School District Parent Teacher Association, has mixed feelings about the results.
“On the one hand, even my own son, James, said that he’d never consider shooting up his school because there’s little to no chance of getting that name recognition. [Columbine shooters] Harris and Klebold got in on the ground floor, but now there’s no guarantee that gunning down ten middle schoolers today isn’t going to be overshadowed by someone riddling twenty kindergartners with bullets tomorrow. So I guess that’s a relief. But, on the other hand, we see an uptick of restless teens moving on to other outlets like egging cars, vandalizing property, and learning to build pipe bombs.”
Adams and other parents even brought up their concerns at a recent meeting when they discussed how best to get parents to recognize and identify the use or possession of blasting caps in the home. “It’s like the NAR always says; if it’s not one thing it’s another, right? And teens are always looking for the new thing. They know if guns are going out of style they’re going to have to do something else to get attention. You know how it is.”
Randy downplayed the possibilities of attacks using even more destructive potential. “It’s just people looking for something else to blame. I think anyone will tell you that kids reach a point where the fascination with guns dips off a bit. That’s just the natural result of growing into part of a 2nd Amendment culture. And yes, some kids are going to experiment with IEDs [improvised explosive devices], but who didn’t know that guy in your group of friends growing up?”
“The thing to remember is that as a result of a near-daily glut of mass shootings, potential mass murderers are turning away from using guns as anything more than the killing of a single person or animal that they were always intended to be. And these are just the potential mass shooters that we know about. The number of people out there wrestling with whether or not to gun down a crowd of innocent people is probably much, much higher than we think. And I think that if the number of mass shootings in America stays at this level or above, we’ll see the number of those people giving up on the idea of using guns to make a statement in even greater and greater numbers in the years to come, and that’s great for everybody.”