snoqueen wrote:The devaluation of human life goes right along with the demented notion one can solve one's personal problems, whatever they are, by killing someone else. Hand in glove.
This is the crux of the problem. Unfortunately, I think the people who commit these acts are beyond the point of solving problems and are bent on being as destructive as possible. For what reason, I'm not sure. Maybe as one last rebellious statement to a world which they perceive to be cruel and f*ed up? This would be a good question to aswer to start looking for a solution to this problem.
This is an emotional event for the whole country. My heart and prayers go out to the victims and families affected by this incidence. While we are all tired of these incidents happening, it is not a time to make emotional decisions regarding constitutional amendments and more gun laws as some have argued.
I am not one to say everybody should be armed (I do not advocate conceal carry or open carry for that matter), and I agree the trend in violence needs to be addressed and stopped. But I think the problem is one of mental health, compassion, and society failing those who need help. While it seems on the surface to be about guns, fundamentally I think we need to address 'crazy'. That is a much more difficult task and is not an easy solution without crossing ethical boundaries. I think the solution comes from being personally good to those around us, reaching out to those in need, and ending the divisiveness sought by ideological extremes. I think the solution also comes from a cultural shift of being a self-centered society focused on greed, to one focused on compassion. Its not a quick fix, but a long term transition. Until this change is made, this type of incident will continue to happen regardless of any new gun laws/restrictions that some are immediately calling for.