Rick Perry’s Solution To Movie Theater Shootings? MOAR GUNS!

The tragic shooting in Louisiana that left three dead and seven injured was carried out by a Tea Bagger who had major issues with women in general. Far from being mentally ill, he fit the norm for our society in more ways than one.

To anyone with common sense, the solution is obvious: reduce the number of guns in society. Clearly more guns isn’t solving the problems — but nobody tell Rick Perry, who’s trying to stand out from the Republican field by making himself the worst possible candidate.

Rambo Syndrome

As a response to the tragic shooting in Lafayette, Rick Perry claimed during a Sunday interview people should be allowed to carry guns into “gun-free zones” like movie theaters:

I will suggest to you that these concepts of gun-free zones are a bad idea. I think that you allow the citizens of this country, who have appropriately trained, appropriately backgrounded, know how to handle and use firearms, to carry them.

I believe that, with all my heart, that if you have the citizens who are well trained, and particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones, that we can stop that type of activity, or stop it before there’s as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette.

He can believe with all his heart, but according to the New York Times, experts and law enforcement agree that he’s still wrong.

In fact, the most likely result when a policeman discharges a gun is that he or she will miss the target completely. So an officer could no sooner shoot to wound than shoot to kill with any rate of success. In life-or-death situations that play out in lightning speed — such precision marksmanship is unrealistic.

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New York City police statistics show that simply hitting a target, let alone hitting it in a specific spot, is a difficult challenge. In 2006, in cases where police officers intentionally fired a gun at a person, they discharged 364 bullets and hit their target 103 times, for a hit rate of 28.3 percent, according to the department’s Firearms Discharge Report.

If the police, who train to use their weapons frequently, have a 34% accuracy rating at best, what am I to think of some yahoo who spends two hours at the range every other month?

This is Rambo Syndrome: the idea that if one has a gun, they can be a hero and save the day. Never mind reality indicates otherwise; humans are terrible at risk assessment.

I used to think people outgrew this tendency by the time they were 18 or sublimated it into more productive social behavior, but I was clearly in the wrong. Perry’s a victim of it, and he’s running for president.

Feature image via screen shot

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