Overreaction and Overly Specific Reactions to Rare Risks
Below is a quote from an article by Bruce Schneier in his (free) monthly newsletter called Cryptogram. I thought it was particularly fitting for this forum as it talks about (societal) responses to rare events like the CO theater shooting. Here is a link to this month's cryptogram newsletter which contains this article.
Horrific events, such as the massacre in Aurora, can be catalysts for social and political change. Sometimes it seems that they're the only catalyst; recall how drastically our policies toward terrorism changed after 9/11 despite how moribund they were before. The problem is that fear can cloud our reasoning, causing us to overreact and to overly focus on the specifics. And the key is to steer our desire for change in that time of fear.