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Do the Math. It's Guns.

Terry Murphy

Posted on February 18, 2018 12:39

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When we're done blaming everything else, we can get to work.

It is informative to view life in simple equation form. It provides a certain clarity.

H2 + O = water
H2O - O = fuel
oil + vinegar + salt = salad dressing
shooter + gun + crowd = mass shooting

Equations are, by definition, in balance. You need each element to be present in order to have the sum be equal, or balanced. 2 + 3 = 5. Take the 3 away and 2 does not equal 5. It equals 2. A totally different outcome.

A shooter coming to a crowd, but has no gun, is a completely different outcome to that equation. Or a gun stashed in a bush where a crowd is gathered, but no shooter, etc.

Some equations are more complicated when you have fractional elements and constants that can not be easily modified. In the fourth equation, the shooter is complicated in that he is not the shooter until the moment that he is the shooter.

He may be angry or have a mental health issue or any number of other attributes that make him a complicated element in the equation. The crowd is a challenge in that human society is always creating crowds of various sizes for myriad reasons. It is inextricable from how we live day to day.

The gun is a fairly simple element in the equation. It is a fixed, physical entity, it has a knowable history, it has a defined place that it normally resides and it has a limited number of people who can access it. Very simple, as elements go.

So this clarifies two important things. One, you can not express this equation using only one element. For instance , saying that mental health is the operative issue is like saying 2 + 3 = 5 is only about 2. We know that is not true.

It also identifies the easiest element with which we can alter the outcome of this equation; the gun. It is evidently and mathematically the one element we can most easily and expeditiously affect in order to have a different solution.

Hats off to all of our elementary school math teachers.
 

Terry Murphy

Posted on February 18, 2018 12:39

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