Do I know a solution to this epidemic of gun violence? No. But:
1. The US has had guns legal for centuries. Only in the last few years have these mass killings taken the spotlight. So what has changed is not guns, but something else in society. What could that be? Consider:
2. Our amazing acceptance of violence in our 'entertainment'. There used to be westerns and shoot 'em ups before, but the graphic and glorifying nature of murder is appalling. I went to the latest Dark Knight Movie and 3 of the 4 previews were The Bourne Legacy, Looper, and Total Recall, three movies that have, as the 'good' guy protagonist, an assassin or mercenary. Add to that the popularity of violent video games and I really can't see why anyone would surprised.
3. A decade of 'war on terror' has given this country many chances to honor our soldiers and heros of war, but the public is so detached from what really happens, do they (especially young kids) know what war really is? What it means to kill someone?
4. Abortion. WHAT? you say? Yes. Anytime as a society we make excuses as to why we should be able to end a human life, it lessens the value of life itself. If we start to rationalize why its ok to kill if as long as there is a just cause, then that line gets blurred. If responsible adults aren't around to guide young people as to where that line is, then you can have things like this happens. It's all connected IMO.
The mental disease aspect of the cause has legs, but in some ways I also feel it is a cop-out and another layer of a blindfold to put over our eyes when it comes to how we value life in this country.
The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants