This will be my last word on this thread since it will obviously evolve into the standard TMF/METAR debate about which is the problem: the guns used in a mass shooting or the person who chooses to do such horrible things.
Why has our society produced so many of these people? Guns have always been around (indeed, a greater percentage of people owned firearms in the past), but mass murderers were relatively rare until the past few decades.
Breakdown of family and societal values? Influence of violence on TV and movies almost constant from the day kids are born? There are many more, but the point is that this is the root cause issue. Until we solve for this, we are treating symptoms and using band aids.
When an airliner goes down, it is a BIG media event. Yet every single week of 2022 an “airliner” went down on America’s highways (388/day killed). What if all media outlets had to show/tell the names and photos of these people every day? Maybe our driving habits would change?
Mass murders get the same type of big coverage. Yet, on the streets of one town… Chicago, there is, essence, a mass shooting every week (695 homicides in 2022-13/week), yet we rarely see that on the national news. More than three times the people were killed in Chicago than in all the mass murders of 2022 nationwide:
“Two hundred ten people died in the country’s 42 mass killings in 2022, according to the USA TODAY/Associated Press/Northeastern University mass killing database.”
Maybe constant media exposure nationwide would cause people to focus on the more important causal problems if the total number of murders of all kinds got intense focus (26,031 in 2022), causing people to focus on the root causes of the problem versus the tool used.
The debate about “assault rifles” is currently in focus, but many folks want to ban all guns. Cities have done this, yet criminals and crazies will find a way. Personally, I want a gun for my protection from the bad guys that are multiplying since things like defund the police, etc.
Your mileage may vary, but I choose to keep my family safe, because in many places in this country, no one else will. So rant on…and I hope you and yours stay safe from the crazy people our society has helped create
( Note that guns can also be used for good: " the Center for Disease Control, in a report ordered by President Obama in 2012 following the Sandy Hook Massacre, estimated that the number of crimes prevented by guns could be even higher—as many as 3 million annually, or some 8,200 every day…"