UPDATE (Real surprise I'd pop into this one)
First off, sincere condolences to the victims & families.
Shortly after the mass shootings earlier this year some nutcase ran through the campus of a Texas
university w/ a knife & killed several people. I would also point out the 9-11 attacks were done
completely w/out firearms resulting in the murder of about 3000 people.
When one takes the state of mind to harm another a firearm is nothing more than a convenience.
I also agree w/ Huck on the point of parental responsibility. I've noticed these massacres tend to
happen in jurisdictions w/ heavy gun control & "duty to flee" meaning if an intruder breaks into
your home w/ violent intent you are legally required to run away instead of resist. Defending your
family or self could result in you being arrested, charged/convicted & incarcerated.
Over the years I've come across a few articles interviewing convicted criminals, asking questions
like "Why did you break into this house & not that one?" Not counting personal grudges, the answer
was almost always "I didn't think this one could resist" or "that one looked like they could put up a
fight". In jurisdictions that recognize concealed carry & castle doctrine there is much less violent
crime. It seems dirtbags think twice about mugging little old ladies when there's a 50/50 chance she
has a 357 in her purse. I'd have to do some digging but somewhere I've got some FBI statistics to
back this up.
The answer is idiot control.
As of this time gun control legislation is at a standstill but there's a bit of an ammo shortage.
Supposedly this is because virtually every agency of the US Federal Government is buying any
ammo it can get a hold of. It would appear the GSA wasn't content w/ flat screens & hot tubs, they
also need a few million rounds of 22.