‪One small sliver of the New Zealand shooter's message should resonate uncomfortably for people living in other remote, isolated, peaceful, idyllic, inclusive, tolerant, ethnically diverse communities with indigenous peoples and common-sense gun laws: it can happen anywhere.‬

@editor Sure, but isn't that giving into his whole goal? This guy is a textbook terrorist. His aim is to terrorize. Accepting that fear means he wins. And it is not rational fear. Realistically, you are no less safe today than you were before his attack. The best way to combat this is to raise your kids up well and not give evil attention.

@makuharigaijin I'm speaking more to the naive assertion that "it can't happen here," which I heard in the elevator at work today. Yes, coconuts are a greater statistical threat to life than a terrorist attack, but you can't close your eyes to the darker elements in any community.

@editor Ah, yes. It can happen anywhere, but probably will not happen here, wherever here is. Sure, there are dark elements in all communities to some degree. There always have been and always will be. But I submit that in terms of making the world a better place, it is more efficient for the average Joe to focus on building up a good future than spending too much time worrying about the darker elements.

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