I prayed in vain that this wouldn't turn into a gun rights vs. gun control fiasco.
There is a small contingent of violent psychopaths out there that are now bent on "breaking the record". I believe this wholeheartedly. I'm not saying that it is anything conspiratorial or organized, either. I'm just saying that, starting with the Columbine tragedy, the truly psychotic out there seem to be focused on numbers. Sickening.
God this is awful. I'm going to go now and pick up my 5 year old daughter from preschool and give her the biggest hug I ever have given.
2016: NONE OF THE ABOVE
"The knowledge and prudence of the poor themselves, are absolutely the only means by which any general and permanent improvement in their condition can be effected." - Thomas Malthus
One thing we can't forget is that we can't legislate responsibility into existence. The best we can do is legislate the consequences for being irresponsible and that means that from time to time we will have unsavory situations to deal with.
My intention is not to say that we punish those who weren't responsible. In fact, it's probably more important than ever that responsible gun owners speak out and represent themselves more strongly, because crazy folks like Adam Lanza give them a bad name. To me, it often seems like gun culture and violence culture in general dominate responsible gun ownership.
Maybe we can create laws that do, in effect, encourage responsibility, like better background checks and stuff like that. I dunno, we'd have to discuss it more as a society, it's not exactly a simple fix.
One thing that virtually all these mass murders have in common is that they are mentally ill.
We really need to address that as a nation. In the 80's mental institutions were de-funded and many closed, and in many cases this put people on the street who REALLY needed to be institutionalized. In the years since (and I know this as a cop) it is hard to get someone committed to an institution even IF there is reason to believe they may be dangerous.
In the longer term, addressing our national blind-eye towards mental illness might go a long way towards reducing the frequency of such incidents... perhaps more so than any other action we might take.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."