Our maniacs suck
April 17, 2007
A student went nuts at Virginia Tech and killed 30+ people. After 9/11 many people argued that terrorism is dangerous because modern technology allows a single individual (or small group) to kill vastly more people than ever before. Inevitably a few people will go postal every year, but why don’t they kill more people? In the US we have easy access to military-grade weapons and explosive chemicals. Instructions to make bombs are available somewhere on the Internet. It’s easy to find crowds of people in vulnerable locations. With a little planning an individual should be able to kill 50+ people… and escape. If you’re willing to die, you could kill many more people. The fact that we don’t have a maniacal evil genius on par with bin Laden is an indictment of our educational system, and the creativity and ambition of our criminal class.