I figured I would start an Open Thread for everyone to discuss the latest mass shooting in the US that statistically isn’t the worse, but feels like the worst since the gunmen killed so many little elementary kids. So if anyone has ideas on what should be done please share them in the comments section.
Here are my thoughts on what I think should be done. The media so far seems to be grabbing on to the take the guns away argument which is about as useful as USFK and USFJ curfews. Such an approach is nothing more than making it look like something is being done when it is not solving the problem. Taking away assault rifles will not stop these shootings. Look at what Seung-hui Cho did at Virginia Tech with handguns which to this day remains the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Guns were not invented in the 1990′s when the majority of these mass shootings began. Likewise lunatics didn’t just start appearing in the 1990′s as well. The US has always had plenty of guns and lots of lunatics, so what did happen in the 1990′s to cause this explosion of mass shootings?
What did become prevalent in the 1990′s was the 24 hour mass media news cycle. The people committing these crimes are either just deranged copycats are psychos looking to make a name for themselves. If the news media didn’t make these lunatics famous than maybe less of them would commit these crimes? Look at Seung-hui Cho who sent pictures of himself holding his handguns in various poses to the news media. The news media should treat these people like the sports world does to people who streak across the television screen during a baseball game. They cut away from the act and do not make these people famous because they do not want to encourage more of this behavior. Likewise I would not be opposed to the news media not naming these killers or showing their faces. Let these people rot in history anonymously. I do not need to know who Jared Loughner or James Holmes is to know that they are both dirtbags rotting away in jail. Likewise I do not need to see pictures of Cho showing off with his handguns.
So what does everyone else think?