I know you don't believe in statistics (of course we should all know that all statistical measures are way, way beyond lies, and way beyond damn lies!

).

But, here are three anyway;

US total annual death rate = 8.26 deaths/1,000 population (BTW, the

world average is 8.67)

US total annual homicide rate = 5.6 deaths/100,000 population (FBI Excel spreadsheet for 2005 (filename 05tbl04.xls (but I can't find actual link at the moment))

So basically ~ 0.68% of the first statistic.

VT massacre (annualized) ~ 10.7 deaths/100,000,000 (32 deaths/300,000,000+ estimated US population)

So basically ~ 0.0013% of the first statistic or ~ 0.19% of the second statistic. And that assumes a mass murder event of that average magnitude occurs annually! So divide these by an ~ order of magnitude, so, for example p = 0.2, for a 1/5 return period (a single event equal to this magnitude occurs on average 1 out of 5 years). Mind you this is an all time high senseless mass murder event here in the US.

**AND NO, I AM IN NO WAY TRYING TO TRIVIALIZE THE VT MASSACRE!**
So as Artman's cartoon suggests, should we look at this as a "freak" occurrence, a crazed lone gunman, a very rare event that happens once every 10 years or so, or should we look at this as a 24/7 happens all the time, every minute of the day type event?

How about standard issue firearms to ALL students, along with standard issue IBA's (ESAPI plates included) or Dragon Skin armor vests (if you prefer)?

Sounds like a weiner to me!

PS - "The Nuge" (most famous for his quote: "You have to kill it, before you can grill it.") is way over the top on this one.

BTW - I went to a 1995 "Spirit of the Wild" concert in Memphis, TN, IMHO he's a likable kind of guy, and he ROCKS!