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PostSubject: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeWed Jul 12, 2017 10:43 am

why do school shooters often get a kill count of 3-5 people while some kill 20?
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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeWed Jul 12, 2017 11:05 am

The spree killers who only manage to kill a few people are rather impulsive, impatient and tend to move on to their next victim quickly after they’ve fired a shot at someone, since their goal is to annihilate as many people as possible. They forget to check if their victim is actually dead, since they're in a hurry to shoot as many people as possible. Plus, one single person with a gun doesn't have enough time to bring down an entire student population or a significant amount of people without interference from the police.

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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeWed Jul 12, 2017 11:11 am

Well, it'a acombination of a lot of thing:
-the timing
-weapons used
-skills and experience with said weapons
-mindset of the killer
The timing is important because it determines how many potential targets will be present at the site, not to mention that you can use the time of day (such as night) to cover your tracks and maybe even escape.
Weapones used are also important for obvious reasons. You'll get a much higher killcount using a semi-auto rifle vs let's say a bolt action carbine.
Skills and experience is even more important than the type of weapon used. The weapon is only as good as the person wielding it.
Mindset of the shooter is also a factor. Someone can be a bit jaded like Eric and Dylan, wanting to cause havoc and have fun more than a high killcount. Then you have people like Cho who are determined to kill as many people as possible at any cost.
The contrast between E/D and Cho is a perfect example:
E/D had four guns and homemade bombs- they killed 13 beacuse of the state of their weapons their experience with the weapons and the fact that they were demoralised from the bomb failiure.
Cho had two pistols- killed over 30 people because he was concentrated, knew his weapons well and kept them in good condition.

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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeWed Jul 12, 2017 4:53 pm

@Glamazon wrote:
Plus, one single person with a gun doesn't have enough time to bring down an entire student population or a significant amount of people without interference from the police.

Adam Lanza killed 15 Kids and 2 teachers hiding in a bathroom within seconds

Omar Mateen mowed down at least 35+ on the Pulse dance floor within seconds

Martin Bryant massacred the port Arthur Cafe and killed 10-15 in under 10 seconds All headshots

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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeSat Jul 15, 2017 1:27 am

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Cho had two pistols- killed over 30 people because he was concentrated, knew his weapons well and kept them in good condition.
He also barricaded the entrances to the building, limiting police response time. He also used hollow-point bullets, which fragment on impact causing intense organ damage. He also specifically aimed for the head and chest with said hollow-point bullets. He also returned to rooms he had previously been, and shot people noticeably alive people again.

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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeSat Jul 15, 2017 4:16 am

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@TheSpiral wrote:
Cho had two pistols- killed over 30 people because he was concentrated, knew his weapons well and kept them in good condition.
He also barricaded the entrances to the building, limiting police response time. He also used hollow-point bullets, which fragment on impact causing intense organ damage. He also specifically aimed for the head and chest with said hollow-point bullets. He also returned to rooms he had previously been, and shot people noticeably alive people again.

I think its safe to say Cho is either Max payne or the Terminator in disguise lol
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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeSun Aug 20, 2017 12:07 am

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Well, it'a acombination of a lot of thing:
-the timing
-weapons used
-skills and experience with said weapons
-mindset of the killer
Well the condition of the weapons is also important. You could have a good gun however it might've not been cleaned for a while, which would of course cause problems like it did with Adam Lanza.
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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeMon Jul 12, 2021 11:32 pm

Most failed attacks have one or multiple of these:
- Tackled and disarmed (ex. Kip Kinkel or Jon Romano)
- Loss of motivation, either giving up the gun (ex. Michael Carneal,) wandering away from the scene and being apprehended (ex. Andrew Wurst) or killing themselves (ex. Jaylen Fryberg or Nathaniel Berhow) despite being able to shoot far more.
- Loss of targets. When everyone runs away, either out of view of snipers (ex. Brenda Spencer, Mitchell Johnson & Andrew Golden) or behind classroom doors (ex. William Atchinson,) there's just no one to shoot.
- Technical difficulties, either constant jamming (ex. Jesse Osborne), having to reload after every shot (Bastian Bosse) or low-power weapons
- The attack occuring in an area with few people (ex. Randy Stair and most familicides)
- Bad aim or random firing (ex. T.J. Solomon)
- Rapid police / school resource officer response
- Unfamiliarity with target and where people are in it (ex. Anton Petterson)
Sorry for the constant name dropping.

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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeTue Jul 13, 2021 12:07 am

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Most failed attacks have one or multiple of these:
- Tackled and disarmed (ex. Kip Kinkel or Jon Romano)
- Loss of motivation, either giving up the gun (ex. Michael Carneal,) wandering away from the scene and being apprehended (ex. Andrew Wurst) or killing themselves (ex. Jaylen Fryberg or Nathaniel Berhow) despite being able to shoot far more.
- Loss of targets. When everyone runs away, either out of view of snipers (ex. Brenda Spencer, Mitchell Johnson & Andrew Golden) or behind classroom doors (ex. William Atchinson,) there's just no one to shoot.
- Technical difficulties, either constant jamming (ex. Jesse Osborne), having to reload after every shot (Bastian Bosse) or low-power weapons
- The attack occuring in an area with few people (ex. Randy Stair and most familicides)
- Bad aim or random firing (ex. T.J. Solomon)
- Rapid police / school resource officer response
- Unfamiliarity with target and where people are in it (ex. Anton Petterson)
Sorry for the constant name dropping.

no need to worry about name dropping lmao bro it's ok

anyways here's my thoughts for OP

personally i find that some school shooters normally target random bystanders- however some are concentrated purely for the mayhem their massacre will cause- like cho and lanza for example, put a lot of thought into planning their shootings and prepared for high deathtolls, as cho barricaded the doors to prevent police and practiced with his weapons well and lanza chose people who could not fight back against him(even though his weapons jammed multiple times) and sometimes it just happens to be the perfect storm- like nik cruz being able to fire through the classroom door windows and the police not intervening as he was firing his weapon on the students & teachers. but some shooters are impulsive and just begin to shoot without thinking like Asa Coon, William Atchiso- or some shooters like Heather Smith have specific targets/victims and only go after them

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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeTue Jul 13, 2021 8:46 am

Insufficient weapons or being tackled seem to be the main reason.

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PostSubject: Re: why do school shooters fail?   why do school shooters fail? Icon_minitimeWed Jul 14, 2021 12:06 pm

I don't like this thread. Feels like giving prospective shooters "good tips".

Sorry for being a spoilsport.

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