Crowbar wrote:It makes no sense to me how someone not old enough to buy a beer can buy an AR-15. And buy the weapon with little or no problem. It's absolutely mind boggling.
I couldn't agree more. This young man had some major problems and not unlike the Air Force dishonorably discharged murderer a check was fruitless due to lack of reporting by other agencies.
This country has had firearms before it was a country. We didn't have psychotic drugs (beyond booze I think), violence inducing video games, TV shows or movies glorifying murderers nor a 24/7 media popularizing murder as a way to be infamous. Why is it a problem today and not in the 1920's or 50's? You actually could own an automatic weapon way back when. Something changed folks and its not a type of weapon.
It is society, indifference to the value of life, me first attitude and if I don't get my way look out, incivility, lack of courtesy, all small steps toward our current position. I don't think all this is a big surprise. I think the media drums it up due to their agendas, scoring ad dollars, etc. or they wouldn't trot out all the same arguments and the same people citing the repeated items at every opportunity.
With things as they are, trying to ID an individual hasn't worked. I believe a different approach is justified, guarding places where a crazy person, a vindictive person, an evil person (which they all are ) must be intervened before entering a public place. When I go to an airport I'm checked top to bottom, sometimes I'm taken to another room to have my luggage inspected, etc. Why, 9-11, that's why. Now our schools are targets, no matter the manner in which the carnage is carried out, they need protected just as air travelers need protection and people entering stadiums and other places we guard. And when the expense factors come forth I suggest we lay off several top end administrators, they are very highly paid and often are not heard or seen nor appear to provide much production, excepting the one's who do that is, my hat's off to them. Just an idea for some quick funding.
I heard a Florida school Psychologist and a Judge last evening, they were very informative and they focused on the need of having good parents, the issue with embedded cultural violence, a lack of discipline in the home to name a few, wish I could remember more.