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taught that hatred and murder is good [foxnews.com]
Impossible to say, really, one may as well ponder the state of the world if Christianity hadn't come about as well. But if I had to guess, the US wouldn't be in so much debt and they wouldn't be as hated in some countries. Saddam would still be killing his own people and the Taliban would still be hanging people from goalposts in soccer stadiums. On and on it goes, and I see no relevance in speculating about it. Any 9-11 discussion, especially here on slashdot, tends to get out of hand no matter what your viewpoint, so I tend to avoid them. My point was that it is normal for attitudes to change in response to tragic events.
There's something to be said in favor of not letting... the politicians you voted into office to overreact to tragic events and allow insane people to indirectly dictate the laws that the rest of us have to follow.
Don't like your laws? Blame your politicians, and vote them out in the next election. The 'Insane People Dictating Laws' lobby can't have that many supporters, could they?
But I guess that's pre-9/11, pre-Sandy Hook, pre-Dunblane, pre-Oklahoma City thinking, huh.
I think the vast majority of sane people realize that it's normal for world/societal views to change after major events. It's a strange view to take that things should just be a shrug of the shoulders and a 'business as usual' attitude... but that may explain some things in itself.