Another tragedy produces more demands for laws, yet laws did not fail to stop the tragedy in the first place. Through tears, people demand that the innocent bear a heavier load because of the sins of the guilty. None of this makes sense or helps anyone, but being hurt is the way to power for some, and in so doing, they hurt all of us more and more with each new horror.
They do not understand their own grieving. Grief passes through stages and one of the stages is anger; perhaps anger is what fuels demands that the innocent suffer more, because they have suffered? Yet, the rub is this — those they blame do not support the right to murder. Neither the NRA, the GOA, CORE, me, or anyone who cares remotely about self-defense. Therefore, noone can be held to task, or shamed, or blamed, for something they do not support. The aforementioned groups do not even backhandedly endorse such. To even claim this is to be grossly unfamiliar with them or to simply lie. If you are ignorant, you are a child. If you are a liar, you are evil.
Second, advocating for the right of self-defense, hunting, or sport shooting does not imply in any way advocacy for murder, because defending a right does not mean endorsing its criminal abuse. We have laws that spell out the punishment for abusing rights; that is why laws exist. They only stop those who wish to live at peace with others, however. Those who do not must be shown punishment, for that is the only thing they understand.
Third, continually complaining that tragedies happen, and yet doing nothing constructive to stop them only makes you look foolish. In this case, what was needed was better police work, better investigative work, better follow-up, and of course, for more people to take their own safety seriously. You cannot honestly promote both terror and helplessness! If you are saddened because innocent lives were lost, the solution is to allow the innocent the ability to stop injury to themselves earlier! If we all must wait until the cops show up (good guys with guns) then more will die. That’s a simple incontrovertible fact. Delay means death.
Fourth, the hysterics of gun control proceed from a childish worldview, namely, that bad things should not happen at all, and any instance of evil requires more and more laws to tut-tut fundamentally good people into compliance. However, left unasked in this worldview is this, “What if we are all not fundamentally good? What if some will not respond to shame, blame, laws, or anything except physical punishment, or death?” The foolishness of this worldview is precisely what allows school massacres to continue. It promotes a false sense of security — by increasing helplessness and gun-free-zones, it makes it so that when evil men act, they have a catastrophic effect.
Intellectually, gun control and school massacre are conjoined twins; they nourish each other and depend on each other. Ending one requires ending the other, but in a time where laying bare the foolishness of a worldview is “hate”, then nothing will be done and the bloodshed will continue, at least in those places that put up with such foolishness.