Why do we believe that the government/authorities are able to stop so many terrorists that really want to harm us, and yet have no faith in the system to protect us from from random people living in the country who want to kill people? Maybe the won't stop it 100% of the time, but even if they can stop it 50% of the time, we would save a lot of lives. But..second amendment.. ?
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Mmm.. This guy had criminal history and was active online.
Dylan Roof (A month ago.. Shooting in the church) had a website.
Also, a terrorist has a lot more financial backing, obsesses over hurting people and is far more organised. Still the system manages to keep us safe from them, because laws help them to do so. Joe Shmo has fewer resources at his disposal. The only advantage is that he lives in our neighborhood.. And we allow him to walk to a shop and buy guns.