I don't know and I don't care, but here's a word you've used yourself: risk. Whatever we do we're taking a risk: traffic crash, plane crash, fire in a crowded place, pedestrian or bike wreck, strange diseases being passed around, having a sudden stroke, weird emanations from cell phones, pesticides, you name it.
Anybody who thinks they can make enough countermoves to avoid all that is delusional, as you'd agree. Are you never going to eat food from a restaurant to avoid food poisoning? Are you never going to receive medical care because you might be exposed to HIV? Are you never going outside because a mosquito or tick might infect you with West Nile or Lyme? Are you never going to have children because one of them might die? Are you never going in a building because an earthquake could cause it to topple and crush you? Are you never doing anything at all because it could cause cancer?
Risk of being attacked is in the same category. Many of us elect to just keep living our lives. A few of us make one or more of these potential disasters the centerpiece of their reality. Apparently, the most likely personal disaster is a fatal car wreck, but nearly everyone goes in or around cars. What causes a person to fixate on one type of disaster over another is likely a matter of personal history.
If you choose to make gun attacks the centerpiece of your reality that's perfectly fine. Another person might make it medical problems, and receive a lot of EMT training to be in readiness. My dad was like that and I know of two instances where he saved someone's life (there might have been more -- he wasn't a talker). So if you sincerely want to save lives, you could take that route. Another person (like me) might just decide to live well in each day and assume something's going to get us all at some point. One person's insane risk is another person's totally irrelevant physical-plane randomness.
I'm not sure trying to convince other people that your own personal risk-issue is paramount is a fruitful pastime. Plenty of people have phobias and neuroses that take up a great deal of their time. If I obsessed about getting, say, cancer, I could spend half my time avoiding chemicals, getting tests, or taking supplements. Could you talk me out of it and convince me getting all wrapped up in guns is healthier? I doubt it.
I think the record on this forum shows this is one discussion that's not going much of anyplace.
Edited a bunch of times because I did not want to get too mean but I still wanted to make my point.
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on Mon Aug 06, 2012 11:11 am, edited 4 times in total.