This is a discussion on Overreaction and Overly Specific Reactions to Rare Risks within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; 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 ...
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.
Fear and wisdom are NOT friends. It's regularly the case that humans react radically to a highly emotional event. The provocation of knee-jerk, overboard reaction is often the GOAL of extreme acts of terror. Just as notoriety (famous or infamous) is often the perpetrator's motivation & the sensation-driven media gives them EXACTLY what they've wishing for. Any effective, experienced parent will tell you that sometimes the best response is to allow an unruly child to simply suffer the natural consequences of their actions WITHOUT a lot of fanfare or a radical change of "the rules". The urgent is seldom important and the important is seldom urgent. Yet they are often confused with one another.
There are only TWO kinds of people in this world; those who describe the world as filled with two kinds of people...and those who don't.