Re: Gun control discussions in the wake of the Newtown, CT deaths
Originally Posted by Todash
This actually makes complete sense to me. He was planning to off himself anyway, but it probably never crossed his mind that anyone might even consider fighting back. The way it played out in his mind, I imagine, is that he would blaze through the mall gunning people down, then commit suicide at the end of his spree. It was never, ever, ever in the plan to be taken out by someone else. So seeing that that was a possibility, he probably decided that it was better to prematurely end his spree as planned rather than become a victim himself and give up his power.
I'm actually really disturbed that I have this level of understanding of the shooter's thoughts and motives, but I'm pretty sure I'm on target.
Oh yes. I see where they are coming from. I just don't believe this is what happened. The guy said he stood there and watched the gun jam. It seems like if he was that close and knew there was a gun issue he really should have done something about it. I'm not judging - I'm sure I would have frozen. I've also taken the gun classes that say don't shoot until you know what's behind the person or thing you're shooting. But if he was so trained and so calm then the story just doesn't ring true. At least to me. And the only witnesses he has are when he pulled out his gun and when he went to hide in the store. It just doesn't make sense.
And I can't see in the four minutes the entire thing happened that a guy who was willing to kill people and obviously wanting to die would have the forethought to think, "Hm. This guy has a gun. I certianly don't want to get killed by someone else. Let me walk away from him with my back turned and hide in a stairwell so I can take myself out." I just can't buy it.