I've deleted my reply. It's too soon to be having this discussion...
1. Bodies haven't even been removed from the scene yet.
2. What we know is sketchy at best. It's hard to have a conversation about how to prevent this, when we don't know what "this" entirely consists of.
The conversation needs to happen. But not today.
Mine deleted as well
I'll just leave this here for when y'all feel like discussing it.
I agree that it's too soon to really know the extent of what happened or even WHY this happened. One thing can be said for sure though - this should not have happened. It shouldn't keep happening, and yet it happens. Over and over and over and over. As a gun owner, I'm nervous about my rights, because no doubt the calls will come for increased gun control, but something has to be done. This cannot keep happening.
Well I guess we can start now. It took Bloomberg about 6 1/2 hours to politicize this. My calculations tell me that is about 15 minutes per person killed.
I don't think it is too soon to discuss gun ownership. This is just one of three nationally highlighted gun-violence acts in the last week and a half. The discussions on who should own guns, and what it takes to get them should be debated hearty, and immediately. By the time we wait for it not to be "too soon," another event like this will happen tomorrow...
I believe in order to purchase a firearm you must under go similar back-ground screening to what you get when you apply for a security clearance (not just a database on whither your a wanted felon etc- though private sellers in some places don't even do that)
A qualifying checklist that demonstrates extensive training, necessity of usage etc. ( not just a de-qualifying checklist such as volunteering that your on medications etc)
And of course, the devils is in the details and these rules will vary from state to state, however the steps I mentioned earlier will be the minimum.
Before someone even mentions it, I understand that there are 100 million guns on the street and that you couldn't solve this issue overnight, and that you can set up a "straw man" easily in which 'if so and so only had a gun, little timothy would have been alive today'--- etc etc.
Ok, cool. You done?
Well the school shootings that have taken place would still have taken place regardless of background checks. The kids that committed the shootings either took their parents gun or bought the gun illegally, but they didn't walk into a gun store to get their piece. Criminals will always find criminal ways to obtain the things that they want, and a background check on people that use guns for sporting or home defense will not decrease the chances of another school shooting, it will just make it a pain in the ass for the people who follow gun laws.
Additionally, if crimes committed by others who gain access to your weapons you should be penalized. This is necessary because you won't get anywhere with attempting to pass legislation on how people store their guns.