JKhedrup wrote:I agree of course but identifying the primary cause is a rather lofty aspiration here. There are so many factors that are coming together: lack of mental health care, gun control, violence in entertainment, measures to protect children etc.
I'm sorry, I've had this conversation on the other board, but people outside the US really don't understand the situation here.
Gun control only affects the buying & selling of legal firearms.
If gun control went into 100% lockdown tomorrow, no buying and selling of legal guns & ammo, it would do nothing for these incidents.
First off, because so many guns are already in circulation legally; second reason is because it's so easy to procure guns & ammo illegally, third reason is because there are many people with the skills to make their own firearms & ammo.
Pandora's box has already been opened, you can't close it.
Guns are necessary in this country to control certain animal populations so they don't overbreed, overgraze, and wreak havoc on the local environment for themselves & other species.
Any attempt at putting the whole country on lockdown, either confiscating or tracking all guns, would still only account for legal guns held by owners who felt like playing along.
Most would see it as an attempt by a government that's gotten too large to take any means of self-protection away from the common citizen; which is what the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution was designed for.
Regardless of whether or not any firearms would be sufficient to dissuade a "tyrannical" government; that's what many people feel.
Where I live, it's more about dissuading armed robbers.
Even if you could erase guns, people will find other ways to kill.
Either cars & knives like some of the crazies in Japan, bombs like Timothy McVeigh, or box-cutters like the guys from 9/11.
The problem is culture.
When culture says it's okay to use lethal violence to "solve" your problems; then these things will keep happening - because people think it's justified.