I am an NRA supporter, but as always, when asking a conservative group of people a question, it seems they pick the stupidest one.
Look, there is no way that video games, violence in movies, movies that tell kids its cool to take their own life, and many other things have had an impact. But an even stronger blame needs to be put on the parents of today, who coddle their children, and seemingly take less and less of an interest in their lives. As recently as a few years ago, I was onboard with, "it was easier to get guns 30 years ago, so why change the laws?", but its obvious that with the changing of the discipline and structure of our youth, must also come the changing of what we allow them to be around. The people under 30 are not like they were years ago, when personal responsibility, and upbringing, were simply stronger. If we need to take away assault rifles, and other guns that can be used quickly to get off 50 rounds, so be it.
There will always be bad people in every society who will want, or try, to do bad things. There are no measures that will stop an occasional individual psycho, not more guns, no guns, or the best mental health care system imaginable. What society can and should do, is to make it as hard as possible for psychos or anyone else (which means including the entire population,) to get hold of the means of destruction - not to make it ridiculously easy, as is the case in the US today. Hence, sadly, this is another glorious area in which the US leads the world - not in occasional, but in regularly recurring , gross acts of random, psychotic, insane violence leading to multiple homicides.
As to the blame, I think we agree that the shooter deserves the bulk (maybe 98-99%) of the blame and the mother deserves the other bit for not securing her gun well enough with a wackjob in the house.
The blame does fall to the killer and some to his mother. I'm sorry but these people who want to blame culture in some way, shape, or form have to explain why 99.999% of society manages to carry on in a normal fashion while being exposed to the same violence and culture as those who commit the horrible atrocities.
I absolutely advocate for additional funding for mental health screening and treatment. I also advocate for limits to the type of firearms that people can purchase. I believe that personal ownership of guns should be limited to protection and hunting, which means that there is no need for a large capacity firearm to be available to anyone who isn't a police officer or soldier.
This is not at all the time to move on. It's the time to educate ourselves about what guns do, how to deal with mental health problems, and to remember who it was that killed those people and that they bear the brunt of the blame and not a hunk of metal.
It is my contention (and not mine alone, so I"m not at all convinced that I"m overreacting, Robin,) that as long as that 0.001% continues to be able to easily commit the kind of atrocities that we have sadly become accustomed to, the fact that the other 99.9% are not running around committing mass murders is not of itself any sign of a healthy or sane society. The 'guns don't kill, people do' has really become the last, feeble, yet constantly repeated excuse of gun apologists. A ****ing monkey with a gun can kill you - I guess then it's also the monkey's fault? GUNS kill, that's what they were invented for!
It's the shooters fault, he did it. But sure, how did his mother not understand her son was a looney, and allow him access to those weapons? I am becoming of the opinion that the screening process must be much harder, and certain guns just don't need to see society.
Has this guy actually been found to be mentally ill, or are we just casually disparaging the mentally ill because it's easy?
this isn't even about guns, its about the major problem in this country of blame. no one ever seems to be respsonsible for their actions, there's always something greated behind it. it can never be some guy is a terrible person or ****ed in the head. no it has to be something greater, no one is responisible for anything they do because they were influenced into it. thatgs compelte bull. that ****ing lunatic with the gun was 100% at fault here, end of story
spread the balm all you want, you are wrong. the blame rest squarely on the shoulders of the kid who did this
I'm an NRA supporter, but come on...what's next? Blaming violent movies/tv shows and get rid of them too? Ridiculous.