OK, surely we can all now finally admit that America has a (massive) problem.
Its not about firearms. Banning guns and trashing more of our Constitutional liberties is (a) unworkable, and (b) will never solve the problem, in the same way that the wholesale trashing of our rights, overseas wars, and Big Government® domestic surveillance and security measures in the wake of 9/11 has done NOTHING to reduce terrorism (if anything, it's increased). Other countries such as Canada, Israel and Switzerland have comparably high proportions of gun ownership, but have a far lower proportional rate of firearms related homicides.
No amount of security can prevent these terror type events from happening.... and who (in their rational mind) wants to bring up our kids in militarized penal style institutions, masquerading as "schools" where teachers do more policing and security duties than teaching, in which fear is king, and where paranoia and surveillance rules? What kind of generation will result in that kind of "schooling" environment? (uh, scary, and that trend is ongoing).
Its not about video gaming or the "cheapening of life" via the ongoing spate of blood 'n' guts themed action movies. All nations of Earth watch Hollywood fare (love it or loathe it), and don't have the same regularity of apparently motiveless mass killings, or homicides in general. Its not about the internet, its not about illegal drugs, or pornography, or secularism, or socialists, or Scandinavians, or gays, or blacks, or multiculturalism, or Muslims, or the demise of capital punishment - or any of the usual red herrings cited by US traditionalists when trying to explain this, or societal problems generally.
What is happening, to such a relatively greater extent in the US than elsewhere in the industrialized world, that drives people to kill each other so regularly, as is evident by the horrendous homicide and violence statistics? Dare we look in the mirror, or peel back some of the layers and examine our own society, and acknowledge that there are some fundamental flaws which are resulting in a sense of such utter desperation, hopelessness, self-doubt, and rage, and a sense of no hope for the future - that a tiny proportion of our most unstable (younger) citizens are taking the ultimate step by taking out as many people around them as possible (and killing themselves in the process)? In Gaza and the occupied territories, there is a similar sense of utter hopelessness, in their case brought about by foreign oppression, and a small number of their people don a suicide bomb as the ultimate statement of revenge. The Tibetan people are also under the thumb of a brutal regime (the Chinese authorities) - and small number are doing in in their own unique way - by self-immolation. (Perhaps their Tibetan Buddhist tradition is preventing massacres - but as they get divorced from their spiritual roots by Chinese and materialist influence - that may change). Here in mainstream America, there is not the type of foreign oppression as exists in the examples cited above - but something far more subtle and less tangible - figuratively akin to odorless, tasteless gas, that is triggering these horrific outbursts. It may have something to do with the gradual demise of community and the entrenched attitude that a caring society is a sign of weakness, or intrusive government. We need to get to the bottom of this, if we dare, because this violence is not going to stop on its own, and its not going to stop by the use of force.
Here in the US, we are still playing out the last throes of the "macho, cowboy, rugged-indivisualism" mentality, which was the traditionalist way of America in the 1700s to 1800s - and now its remnants are butting heads with modern industrial society, where the dubious privilege of dog-eat-style of capitalism (minus the social safety nets that would be required meet basic civilized tenets within such a system) come up against a population awash in deadly weapons. Keeping things the way they are is obviously unacceptable... and just like at some point, a killer (or group) with fully automatic weapons will open fire in some place with many more people in a densely packed environment (such as a large crowded theater or sports stadium), where the potential death toll won't be a couple dozen, but perhaps hundreds, or even thousands.
Every time this happens, we wring our hands and mourn the dead, the media spouts its usual crap - talking around the problem, naive do-gooders on the left yell "more gun control", and those on the right yell back "hands off the 2nd Amendment". And then, in our microsecond attention span society, we forget, until the next massacre or shooting spree the next week. It's as if we are carrying on the same way, expecting things to change.... which is the very definition of insanity.