[FRIAM] Mass Shootings

Jochen Fromm jofr at cas-group.net
Mon Sep 4 17:13:43 EDT 2023

Yes, the mass shooting in Norway was devastating and very painful. We have mass shootings here in Europe too. Thanksfully less frequent than in the U.S. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mass_shootings_in_the_United_States_in_2023Overall the number of weapons and especially of automatic weapons like the AR-15 is lower here too. Most European countries have very strict gun laws and make it difficult to buy and own weapons. I don't have one, and I don't know anyone who owns one, except the police maybe.https://time.com/6278608/ar-15-rifle-assault-weapons-uvalde/For me personally the gun problem is one reason why I don't feel safe traveling to the US. I must admit there are even in my own city Berlin parks which do not feel safe because they are known for drug dealers and crimes. Therefore it is a bit unfair to say that a whole country has a gun problem while some areas are much more affected than other. Santa Fe for instance seems to be a nice place to live. https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2023/08/us/americans-living-near-mass-shootings-statistics-dg/-J.
-------- Original message --------From: Frank Wimberly <wimberly3 at gmail.com> Date: 9/4/23  5:13 AM  (GMT+01:00) To: The Friday Morning Applied Complexity Coffee Group <friam at redfish.com> Subject: Re: [FRIAM] Science Fiction Books I had posted a link to an article about a mass shooting in Norway in response to a claim that most mass shootings occur in the U.S.  I can't find that post so I'll repeat it.  This was only one attack but 77 people were killed.https://www.cbsnews.com/news/anders-behring-breivik-appeal-european-court-of-human-rights-norway-massacre/---Frank C. Wimberly140 Calle Ojo Feliz, Santa Fe, NM 87505505 670-9918Santa Fe, NMOn Sun, Sep 3, 2023, 11:13 AM Jochen Fromm <jofr at cas-group.net> wrote:I have read "Highway of Eternity" from Clifford D. Simak this weekend, one of the books from the golden age of science fiction which is comparable to "The city and the Stars" from Arthur C. Clarke and "The end of eternity" from Isaac Asimov. Both belong to my favorite books. Modern authors don't write like this anymore. Their books are often gloomy and depressive, and do not span millions of years. What is your favorite science fiction book? Will the AI breakthrough in large language models lead to more optimistic science fiction books again? -J.-. --- - / ...- .- .-.. .. -.. / -- --- .-. ... . / -.-. --- -.. .
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