Originally Posted by auxio
wow... just wow.
When the depth of response to something like this is simply "if someone does this, they need to be met with deadly force", or a joke, you know things are bad. Stay focused on the symptom (crime) and don't bother thinking about the root cause (high levels of poverty, untreated mental illness, all combined with an armed population).
But hey, just keep building gated communities, private security armies, not daring to travel to certain areas of your city for fear of being mugged, murdered, or both, and laughing off the desperation you're surrounded by.
Personally, I can't imagine hell being a much worse place...
It is responses like this, from people like you, that lead to actions and decisions of people like this to commit violent crimes like this one.
You should get down on your knees and thank whatever you pray to that it didn't happen to somebody you give a toot about, and that whoever was willing to risk the precious lives of innocent people to make a few dollars is now dead.
What you should not be doing is making excuses for them, blaming somebody else, something else, or generally pretending to be smarter than everybody else by way of your self-professed "depth" and ability to "really dig down and examine the root of the problem".
Your post is an exercise in cowardice.
Everybody on this world has a choice, and our choices define the content of our character, the way your choice to post this ridiculous message just defined yours.
Until you have looked down the barrel of a gun pointed at you, you do not have any clue what you are talking about, and you should shut your mouth.