"Dumbing Us Down" by NY Teacher of the year, John Taylor Gatto. Dumbing us down, freedom without responsibility breeds a climate of fear, power, greed, belief in lies and denials. The 'street' in its own wisdom, coins it 'anal retentive retardation', 'I just couldn't control myself'.
Contagious shooting blows that argument away. If cops fire reflexively, there's no moral difference between people and guns. They're both machines, and based on recent shootings, we should limit clips or firing speed to control their damage. No responsibility, no freedom.
Alternatively, we could reassert that police are free agents, to be trusted with weapons and held responsible—not excused with mechanical metaphors—when they abuse them. You can't have it both ways.
Human Nature - Catch and Shoot -The perils of "contagious shooting."By William Saletan