I’m sure this has been done before. Hell, I may have even started a thread on it. I’m not trying to advance any political/social agenda - I’m just trying to get my mind around how to think about the shootings that seem to be in the news so often.
So I guess there are a couple of questions. First, is this a problem. And second, if it is, what, if anything, can or should be done about it?
Re: 1 - I recognize the possibility that I might be conflating multiple different types of violence. The recent shootings in Paris may well be influencing my perspective, as might the recent shootings in Chicago - including by cops. Other than that, this week we’ve seen a planned parenthood shooting and today’s San Bernadino. So I don’t even know - are US shootings actually up, or does it just seem so to me. My impression is that the US enjoys a higher level of most types of gun violence than most other developed nations, but I have not checked the statistics. And I don’t know if there might be different categories of gun violence that call for different responses.
Second, if there is a problem with shootings at health care facilities, schools, etc, what if anything ought to be done about it? I’m interested in possible solutions that might have SOME chance of being enacted and SOME chance of having some effect. Is the correct answer to have EVERYONE armed? I’m not sure what meaningful restrictions could be politically feasible. As a civil libertarian, I could not favor confiscation - even if that were feasible.
The only solution I see as realistic would be to increase education - with the hope of lessening people’s hatred and intolerance of others, combined with increased treatment available to the mentally ill. But I’m not terribly confident what impact those would have at what cost and how soon.
Or do we just have to figure that, however many shootings there are, in terms of population the odds are in my favor that I won’t be shot on any given day. Should we just accept it as a risk of living “the American way of life?”