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The_Seldom_Killer

Member since Jul 2008 • Last active Mar 2017

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    Not sure, probably depends on force and deployment.

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    Ha

    Actual lol

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    From what I've seen, the marked as safe function mostly translates as "I don't live in London and wasn't within 100 miles of the House of Commons at the time".

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    Ha, ha, had to google that.

    Not sure about the others but I'm a complete gaming luddite. A lot of my information has come from discussing US gun laws and usage with current and former law enforcement officers, ex US military and a bunch of the usual glock polishers. Interesting if a little scary.

    Obvs kill me if I ever become a mall ninja. You know, if you think you're hard enough.

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    That's because high velocity ballistic objects have a tendency to be fatal and when you're shooting an immediately hostile target in close quarters in the vicinity of multiple bystanders then center mass shots are mostly your only choice under pressure.

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    In a complex and fast moving situation, you don't know that they didn't attempt this. The narrative and emerging images clearly show an attempt to treat and resuscitate the attacker after he was shot. You don't do that if you've just attempted a kill shot.

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    No

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    Met Police: "Eight arrested in relation to attack"

    I think the May statement was to indicate that there weren't any other attackers present at the scene. There had been concern that another person had managed to access to Portcullis House/Westminster Palace or been present in the vehicle used in the attack.

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    Its unlikely that the full motives will ever be understood although we'll get a more comprehensive picture over the next few weeks and months.

    My own speculation is that the attacker will not have acted entirely alone and that others in the background will have been involved in encouraging and facilitating the attack. If the attacker themself didn't consider it, the others would be likely to understand the reaction of the major media outlets and how that would have affected public perceptions of safety and exacerbated divisions.

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    A terrorist attack isn't defined by the number, competence, efficacy or colour of the perpetrators. It's defined by the intent of the attack.

    If that intent was to disrupt or harm the government or the apparatus of the state then it can be deemed a terrorist attack.

    If that intent was to diminish people's sense of safety within the borders of their own country against an outside threat then it can be deemed a terrorist attack.

    If that intent is to stir up social and cultural divisions that compromise people's sense of safety from an threat from a "them" within the borders of their own country then it can be deemed a terrorist attack.

    Today's attack at Westminster ticks all three of those boxes and, honestly, the death toll is practically incidental. Even if no one had died today, the media frenzy would still have stirred up a very similar reaction. Also, "one guy with a knife"? Surely on this forum the other weapon used should not be difficult to recognise.

    And please don't buy into this rightwing tabloid shit-stirring language where the ist is dropped from terrorist attack. It just feeds into their bullshit moral outrage that they manufacture to sell papers and advertising space.

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