The massacres will continue as long as gun availability continues.
...and of course, I say massacres will continue as long as humans are alive. But i agree that 100-shot magazines are more easily capable of creating shocking massacres.
There is no easy way out. It's about the parents bringing up the wackos. It's about professionals in the field of psychology not identifying and informing the appropriate authorities about dangerous wackos and how hopelessly inadequate that field is today. It's about having police roaming the school halls in some gestapo-ish way. It's about making ammunition signatured and limited on a yearly basis. No easy way out. It's also tangentially about the relative risks to our children being assessed in a country that seems to suffer horribly from innumeracy, as crashfrog pointed out. No easy way out.
There's an easy place to start though. Reducing the availability of guns will reduce the number of gun deaths. Simples.
Whatever makes you think that this would be easy? Where in the world have you been? This country has wrestled over this issue ALL MY LIFE that I know of. Consider even Faith's argument that this occurred in one of the strictest gun-control states in the union. The availability of guns to be used for whacko massacres or just the daily grind of crime will still be available enough to occur as needed to fulfill the niche occupied at the negative end of the bell-shaped curve of our population statistics.
Here's a "simples" for you: Just make everybody in the world nice and loving and giving and peaceful by dream-state telepathic thought waves. Tomorrow morning everyone wakes up singing.
You want to bear arms? Join the National Guard. You want to play with big guns? Join the National Guard.
...but beware, unlike years gone yore, today this may mean a stint or three in the middle east to defend prosperous multi-national oil companies occupying the indigenous forlorn desert peoples of the region.
One of my stupidly favorite scenes in movies is from that horribly stupid movie, "Tremors", starring in a rare lead role, Kevin Bacon of 6-degrees fame. In this movie, Reba McIntyre of country-western (both kinds) fame and the father of a now-forgotten TV series are Survivalists in their bunker on the outskirts of town. The sandworm is swimming through the ground and smashes into their basement wall. They are ready for it. It finally breaks through and, in one of the greatest pan shots in cinema, the camera rotates around to the walls in the basement, revealing a cache of guns to be the talk of the town. Rack after rack of weapons cover the walls, just like your picture here. Our man is emptying gun after gun after gun after gun into the sandworm, Reba adding her equal projectile force with guns she grabs into the creature between handing him yet another gun. THEY WIN! THE WORM DIES!
He barks loudly back at it "Broke into the wrong basement didncha!!"
Yes, it's really simple. So simple that most countries have done it - the USA isn't a special case of anything except its own inability to look outside itself.
Or, alternatively, declare it too hard, do absolutely nothing but wring your hands, then repeat this thread in 6 months time.
NO IT IS NOT SIMPLE. You are talking about changing the LAW. This is not an imaginary fairy with wand, no wishful thinking. I am talking about the USA reality of trying to convince enough people to limit guns through legislation as carried out by voting for those who would support such a movement. It's the CULTURE that we have to fix. BUT EVEN IN THIS CASE - in Connecticut - with some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, you will notice that this wacko STOLE the guns from his mother (a wacko already for owning such an array of weaponery), killed her, then went to her school and blew out a window in the school to get inside the building, bypassing security at the doors and still got in and killed the children.
What happened here is beyond any reasonable Law you could conger up. The only way this extremely rare event could have been addressed is in the killer's childhood upbringing. The mother and the completely ignored father in the story are most at fault, in my opinion - because "fault" has to be born by those who would know better - not those who's brains are so broken by the time they walk out into the public world there is no other choice for them. Sure - shoot them to kill when they are committing the horror. But follow the dots back.
Officer Krupke, you're really a square, yada yada, etc.
Your desire to enact a more european-style gun law is well-taken, and in most cases I would agree, but it is similar to Bush the W invading Iraq after 9/11. It is completely missing the Newtown, Connecticut problem.
Re: the Second Amendment and the National Guard - NOT the military
NoNukes & Theodoric help me make my tiny point. Thanks.
The National Guard is not really controlled at the state level. The POTUS actually is the plenipotentiary here. Therefore, to use the National Guard as an example of the current modern America's exercise of the intent of the 2nd Amendment to prevent the government from disarming the citizenry, as crashfrog has argued, is flawed.
RAZD has made a good argument for most of the issues raised - particularly for finding a way for gun freaks to get to have their fun, but it fails under crashfrog's criterion.
....obligatory Dylan quote: "I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more. No, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more. Well, he puts his cigar Out in your face just for kicks. His bedroom window It is made out of bricks. The National Guard stands around his door. Ah, I ain't gonna work for Maggie's pa no more."
Edited by xongsmith, : attribution props to his Bobness
Except that is not the case, since many gun enthusiasts know how to reload their own shell casings. In fact, there is even a wikihow page explaining exactly the steps to do so. All an individual would have to have to replenish ammunition is a small bag of shell casings. The rest can be put together pretty simply. How to Reload Ammo: 10 Steps
This still requires special equipment that could be banned. And it still seems to require a bullet. See Step 8. Where the fuck did the bullet come from? Lead can be obtained, but we're talking equipment to melt it into shape good enough for this procedure.
Edited by xongsmith, : Not even close to a typo! Wow....
You do also realize, crash, that gun ownership does not and has never worked as a deterrent to prevent home invasion, right? A criminal has no way of knowing whether a given home contains a gun owner or not; most home invaders try to commit their crimes while the victims are away, so as to avoid the police or any form of confrontation. For the remainder...the possibility of a homeowner with a gun being present simply escalates the threat.
You shoot your own foot here! The fact of 300 million guns in a country of 360 million means that the potential home robber would intelligently have TO WAIT until the gun-talented people in the house are gone (like on vacation). Or else he's already berserk and doesn't care to live so much. He NOT going to take a chance that this house is unarmed, like he would in Britain, perhaps. He might be totally wrong in his calculations, but he will still calculate to NOT try. That is all that matters. An NRA sticker on the window - regardless of whether there are any actual guns inside - may be all he needs to move on down the street to the next house he has been casing.