Monday, March 30, 2009

OMG he's a possum!

John Woods, grad student at UT Austin is a possum!

As a sheepdog I have always been a firm believer in the sheep/wolf/sheepdog analogy and remember reading a study on chimpanzees that stated the varying flight/fight responses in a group helps ensure the group's survival because one of the responses would likely work even if the fighters just bought time for the fleeing to escape.

There were times when Woods thought that maybe he should get a gun."Then I learned pretty fast that wouldn't solve anything," said Woods, who is now a graduate student at UT. "The idea that somebody could stop a school shooting with a gun is impossible. It's reactive, not preventative."

I have a question. What school shootings were stopped without guns or the threat of guns? Either police or armed students, or armed school personnel, seem to be involved. Woods' inanity continues:

He figures a classroom shooting would be too sudden to stop, even if a student or teacher had a gun."Everything happens too quickly," Woods said. "You either play dead or you are dead."

Now I've been timed at less than a second from hands above my head to the first round of a double-tap hitting a pop-up target. Can he faint that quickly? Would it save him?

Either way a possum is just road kill.

Confederate Yankee sums it up nicely.

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