It's always very shocking to hear of these mindless killings. They happen all over the world and are a symptom of the malaise within western society as a whole. We have to face up to some ugly facts:
1. Some of us are sick in the head, some of our close relatives are treading a thin line between sanity and insanity and it's up to us to try and identify them before deeds like this occur. But I suspect that in today's fast society we're too busy or distracted to recognise the signs and when we do we can't decide what course of action to take.
Mental illness comes in many subtle shades and it's a difficult thing to get to grips with, particularly in your own family. I presume this latest murderer had relatives who knew him but didn't want to say anything to him, or suggest he seek help from a professional? I'll bet they wish they had now.
I would urge action if you suspect that any member of your family has mental health issues that need addressing.
2. Weapons are too easily available for those young and suggestible types who crave attention. You can get guns on the internet if you know how. If you live outside the USA it's a little trickier but you can get guns if you join a gun club.
In the US buying a gun is as easy as buying a bar of soap isn't it? How old do you have to be? 18? 21? That's far too young.
USA wake up!! Why not put an age restriction on gun ownership and purchase? Thirty five years old? Forty years old?
Why not reduce the number of gunshops/stores? Is it so vital for you to all own a gun? Doesn't this create tension and fear, make it a norm for your society? 'If my neighbour has a gun then I'll need one, after all it's my right, it's in the constitution. This wouldn't be the US without guns around every corner.' How many US citizens think along these lines?
3. Schools and other similar places need protection - fences, gates and 24 hour security. It's a shocking situation to be in but surely it's worth a few hundred thousand dollars to prevent these senseless slaughters. How many more rampages are there to be before action is taken? Every school should have security guards, substantial and permanent.
There's no other way to stop these mass murders.