I am not going to enter into a debate on US gun laws because as far as I can tell, there is no room for debate. The US has a problem with guns. We are not a responsible enough people to be allowed to use them. We have shown that time and again. We are not responsible enough to own and operate the gun, and we are not responsible enough to our own citizens to protect them from the fucktards who are allowed to use them. It is our own fault. If we want to be angry at someone about the most recent tragedy, all we need do is look in the mirror.
I don’t want to hear about how “regular” gun owners don’t do these things, or it is just a crazy person with a gun. If that is true, then we have even bigger problems. First, we make it easy for anyone to get a weapon. Second, we don’t take care of our mentally ill, allowing them to easily get a gun. Then we send them to jail (for a time), put them on meds and walk away. It was obvious to me a few months ago when that man went on a shooting spree in a movie theatre, that we had a problem. This young man (who is so obviously not well) was easily able to get guns. Plural. He was able to kill more than a few people. And It happened again yesterday. We sensationalize shootings like these and wonder, “Why does this keep happening?”
I think Roger Ebert explains it best:
“Let me tell you a story. The day after Columbine, I was interviewed for the Tom Brokaw news program. The reporter had been assigned a theory and was seeking sound bites to support it. “Wouldn’t you say,” she asked, “that killings like this are influenced by violent movies?” No, I said, I wouldn’t say that. “But what about ‘Basketball Diaries’?” she asked. “Doesn’t that have a scene of a boy walking into a school with a machine gun?” The obscure 1995 Leonardo Di Caprio movie did indeed have a brief fantasy scene of that nature, I said, but the movie failed at the box office (it grossed only $2.5 million), and it’s unlikely the Columbine killers saw it.