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More disastrous than the holocaustic removal of trees, more relentlessly impoverishing even than massive erosion of topsoil, are the toilings of introduced insects and diseases.
And, once again, in a defensive preemptive move, the NRA (National Rifle Association) was telling the nation a week after the event, through its spokesman-executive, Wayne LaPierre, what needs to be done to avoid these holocaustic events: more guns, he said, but this time in the hands of the good guys; placing security guards in every school in the country.
Notable examples have been the mass suicide of the followers of Jim Jones in Guyana (1978), the holocaustic climax of the disciples of David Koresh in Waco, Texas (1993), and most recently the group suicide of the Heaven's Gate believers in San Diego (1997).