Friday, February 20, 2015

A mixed bag from Cracked.

Okay,  if you can get past the intro that has a sly bit of Ferguson trutherism (it was all the police's fault!)  and that mass shootings raise "important questions about guns and the culture at large"  the article itself has a bit on what it was like being at a mass shooting.

Specially someone who was at Utoya in Norway.

The piece is interesting because of the level of denial,  it can't happen here,  "this is the safest spot in Norway", and just killing people like that isn't rational.

It's also interesting that the counselors had an hour's warning that something was wrong, notably the bombings beforehand.

There's also the mixture of tedium and terror that came with the people hiding.  And then there's that the little voice of denial was still going strong even when the attacker was trying to shoot his way into the building.

And there's the valid point of,  "you don't know what you'll do until your there."

Which leads to this gem:

The truth is that you really don't know what you'll do until you're there. What will you do if a guy with a knife suddenly bursts into the room as you're reading this? Did you have a plan before you finished reading the last sentence? Of course you didn't. Most people don't have a plan for reacting to a lunatic with a knife interrupting their morning latte, and, honestly, it would be pretty suspicious if you did.
There you go... having a plan for if you're attacked makes you suspicious.

And amusingly the very next lines are...

After what seemed like approximately 12 years, the police burst through the door and windows, and for the first time that day, the sight of guns was very welcome.

Still,  the article isn't bad in that it does show how confused things will be, how little you will know at the moment,  how strong the urge will be to deny that things are actually bad, how you don't know what you'll do, and...  that in the immediate term you are the first responder.

Still, I'll give Cracked credit,  for as charged as the subject is, there's useful information and no politicizing of events.

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