Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Another School Massacre Anniversary

June 11 is the anniversary of Walter Seifert going to a school, killing 11 people, and wounding 21. The Cologne school massacre was not prevented by gun laws. Actually, he never even used a gun. He used a flame thrower and a lance. Then he killed himself with insecticide, perhaps this was his way of making a statement. He also used a wedge to block the door, so that students were trapped. Would pesticide or wedge laws have prevented these killings?

He was a veteran of World War II and probably learned how to use the flame thrower, then. The lance, well the last battle that lances had a major part on the winning side was the Battle of Isandlwana in 1879. My familiarity with lances has more to do with when the ambulance gets a new door and the ambu part is missing. All that is on the other door is lance.

I do not mean to make light of this. It was a tragedy and being burned to death by a flame thrower is not up there on my list of acceptable ways to go. The man was crazy, so deterrence by logical means probably would not have much effect.


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