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University of Texas massacre - rarely brought up?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Cesiumsponge, Jan 3, 2013.

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  1. holdencm9

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    Could have. Did not.

    See, again your perception of risk is the issue. I don't have the stats on number of people killed by bullets fired in the air, but it is tiny. Does it happen? Yes. Does it make the news? Yes. But it is still a tiny chance by any stretch of the word. Getting shot by someone in a tower who is shooting AT you is much higher. I know the mantra is every bullet has a lawyer attached to it, but come on. A few errant shots into the sky is better than a dozen aimed shots at innocents on the ground. Also, did we ever confirm there were errant shots of is that pure conjecture?
     
  2. jmace57

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    My family (while returning from vacation) happened to go through Austin the day after, looking at the broken windows and chipped concrete in the stores along 6th Street. My Dad, who was an Army infantryman (and a sharpshooter) stood there looking up at the tower saying "those were some helluva shots". Pretty strong language from him.
     
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    I bring up Whitman with every fence-sitter that I come across. It's a horrific example of how a law isn't going to fix a darn thing, but better diagnosis of mental illness is. He didn't use anything fancy, or scary, machine guns or bayonet lugs or flash suppressors; just one crazy man with nothing to live for in his opinion. Hunting rifles and a shotgun and a vantage point, another lone wolf intent on holding out til the end. And that end was brought to him by brave armed men before it got worse than it was. Police and civilian armed men.
     
  4. Double Naught Spy

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    That was my point given the accuracy of those shooting at him. Like you said, they didn't kill anybody, not even Whitman.

    Roy Dell Schmidt was shot at over 500 yards and was killed. Billy Speed was shot through a 6" gap between to ballisters and was killed. Whitman did make some very shoot shots from 29 floors up. But he did have some luxuries including raised vantage point, protected position, capable weaponry, and the skills to use them.
    http://www.trutv.com/library/crime/notorious_murders/mass/whitman/tower_6.html
     
  5. Armybrat

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    I was there too:

     
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