We're a sick people. I think that's the gist.
So yeah, another lap of tragedies, another call for "real" gun control discussions, another round of dodging the real issue. The real issue is of course, the toxic elements in our culture. Pro-Gun, Anti-gun, undecided, I think we can all agree that guns are just a means to an end, and that people can be killed in large quantities very easily if one wished to do so. Keep the following in mind- if someone is willing to die to do harm to you, or others around you... the only recourse you have is to kill or fatally disable this person before they do whatever it is they set out to do. This goes for a gun, a knife, a sunday new-york times, an olive fork, some asshole with a bomb, whatever.
Let's focus on the mindset of someone who wishes to take a few down with themselves on their way out. Whatever it is that has driven someone to this point is 100% irreconcilable emotionally. This person is willing to destroy themselves to achieve something. No amount of talking, or negotiation, or bribes, or roadblocks that doesn't kill them, will stop them. Something as trivial as stealing a gun is ethical peanuts to pulling the trigger on children, innocents, or loved ones. There are many who claim that guns "make it easy" to kill people, and I agree.
A gun is an excellent machine to hurt people with if that is your intention. So is an atomic bomb. The difference between the gun and the atomic bomb is one is rather simplistic the other is very complicated. Someone going on a murder spree with a gun or guns is not a sophisticated or even rational person.
If the guns were a problem, why haven't I, as a owner of several firearms and access to hundreds, gone on a murderous rampage through the city? I mean, I have guns, and their sole purpose as machines is to spit metal at high velocities, my only motivation for having guns surely must be because I am stockpiling for my rampage.
What separates me from these madmen is not the tools, but the intentions. Power is nothing without the will and perception to use it. I have no intention of killing innocent people for any reason, now I do have an intention of keeping myself protected, and should the need arise that gun is going to give me a fighting chance of fulfilling my intention of staying alive, be that to kill game animals, or bipedal predators. I can assure you however, if I wanted to kill innocent people, the last resort would be my guns.
Now for the part no one wants to discuss: People are the problem. Sick, demented, tortured people are the problem, and our culture is having a nasty tendency of producing these people. You don't have to be out and about in America long to see that there are some stone cold assholes roaming our fair nation. Donald Trump defined Ethics as "what people think they can get away with" and it is true.
If someone wants to get over on you, and they believe they can get away with it, they typically have no second thought as to the right and wrong, they have already decided. Some lunatic who would go in and blow away his mother and little children has already made his decision as well. Take the gun out of the picture, and think of all the other ways, most of them MORE deadly, that he could have accomplished his intentions.
What if the asshole knifed his mother, and then waited for recess or the end of the school day and decided he was going to take a leisurely drive with his car through the sidewalks. What would prevent him from just offing a school bus driver and taking his newfound wards for a swim in the river? What if this guy was a schemer, and he waited until he had a job at the school where he could set up some elaborate plot and set it into motion?
Pointing the finger at the machine, the tool... is pointing the finger at something that has power, but no will or perception to act.