Insanity manifested in mass murder. Words fail to encompass it.
Something needs to be done. Something beyond the knee-jerk responses from pro- or anti-gun people who offer that arming teachers or banning all firearms is the solution. Neither will fix the problem, the wound that is our culture is too deep for a band-aid to help.
Get rid of all guns!
Good luck with that.
And armed society is a polite society!
Really? I've said that one myself, but I don't think it is. I think that means you engender a society of backshooters.
A trained person with a weapon in the right place at the right time might stop one of the loons, but there's no guarantee of that.
What? What is to be done? We have to do something, we can't let our children get murdered at school, we fucking have to do something!
What? There is a laundry list and we all know what it is: Education, medical support for mental illness, enforcement of laws to keep the guns out of the hands of the crazies and the felons, but that's not enough.
If you gave every citizen in Japan a gun tomorrow, there would be more shootings, you can bet the farm on that, but the murder ratio wouldn't come within a parsec of the ratio in the United States. Anybody who says differently is selling something. We aren't the same culture, and ours is, despite their samurai heritage, bloodier than theirs. We are violent in the heartland, willing to reach for the weapon far too early in our anger.
Shoot first, think about it later.
How do we stop that?
We have hundreds of millions of guns here, you simply cannot get rid of them all if you quit making them tomorrow. Yes, people kill others with guns, and that makes it easier, but making the magazines hold fewer won't fix it. Smaller capacity only means they will have to reload more often, and the fastest reload? A second gun.
Go ahead, ban high-capacity magazines. It's a band-aid.
Ban black rifles? Sure, I don't care, there's no need for them, but a deer rifle is better-made and more accurate. If you can't get the former, you'll use the latter. Another band-aid.
These things don't go to the cause. They won't even slow the bleeding.
The militia is supposed to be well-regulated, but it isn't, and the loons have hardware or can, as in the case of the one who opened up in a local mall day before yesterday, they can steal it. Make it illegal to put a gun where a child can get it? Already done that here. Doesn't stop accidental shootings, nor, as in in the case of a high school kid here a few years back, intentional ones.
An eleven-year-old kid and his seven-year-old henchman tried to hijack a woman's truck in Portland a few days ago. The kid had a loaded, cocked pistol. Which he stole from his father, a convicted felon who wasn't supposed to have a gun. The woman drove off, the kid didn't shoot, but what kind of impulse control do you think a child like that has? The cops and locals knew the kid, he was a bad actor. No law anywhere allows him to have a gun.
Laws are for citizens who obey them. Gun-free zones don't work. It's against the law virtually everywhere to take a gun into a school, that doesn't stop it.
Still, I'd vote for better gun control legislation if they were the kind that would actually work. Which kind does?
Give me an example. Something I can support, because I will, with words and money.
Nothing will ever stop the lone crazy run amok. But something needs to be done.
I wish to hell I knew what.