People, as a nation, we've got to do something about the guns. The guns reaching the hands of unstable children. Many would argue these kids are not children, they should be treated as adults (when they aren't already dead, of course) but they are. They are 17, 18, 19, maybe even 24, but they are children. And they are unstable. Their minds do not work the way adult minds do, even under the right circumstances. And in the wrong circumstances, they are suicidal, damaged, emotionally bereft children, and we have let them down as a society. Not just by letting them fall through the cracks of mental health treatment, or kicking them out of the house because we couldn't take it anymore and God help us he can go become someone else's problem, we washed our hands. But because we have done nothing to ensure that when left to their own devices, they don't take down innocent people with them. We have given them free reign to choose guns to air their grievances, all in the name of a right to bear arms.
They are children. They solve problems by brawling over girls. First its a fistfight, but when that doesn't work, they go get a gun. Or two. They are angry, they are dis-enfranchised, and they will make us pay.
What's it going to take for politicians and lobbyists to stop allowing guns to fall so easily into these kids hands? When is the NRA going to shut up about "Its not the guns, its the people?" Of course its the people. Its the people who have access to the guns, legally or illegally. Have you ever heard of someone taking out 6 people exiting a school bus with a knife? Or killing nine people at a shopping mall with pepper spray? Occasionally, someone takes out a group of people with a car, usually an older person who has lost the judgment they once had. You may have noticed that's a bit more rare than a gun shooting incident.
I realize its going to be harder to stop the people who have access to guns on the street, just like they do the drugs. Do we seriously think that means that we shouldn't try to stop this somehow, legally? Do we really have more responsibility, as a nation, to chose the right to bear arms over the right to be safe when exiting a school bus, or going to church, or going Christmas shopping?
What's it going to take?