Might as well post the obligatories before the Second Amendment “originalists” arrive to make excuses and wank over technical details.
“No way to prevent this…”, cry America’s ammosexuals.
Added to the obligatory links and cartoons, for those who’d like to wank over the technical minutiae of the weapons used rather than discuss the victims of the shooting, this warning from the moderator:
Some goes for the old “what if the shooter was mentally ill?" attempt to distract. Speculating about that is against the conduct rules here. We don’t yet know if he was or not. What we do know is that he had access to powerful weapons designed to kill and maim lots of people, and we know why that’s a more common situation in the U.S. than anywhere else.
Other BS distractions that have been discredited ad nauseum in endless other mass-shooting topics won’t fly here anymore:
"The real problem is “[video games|scary music|other moral panic]” – no, the percentage of people who play games or listen to music are roughly the same from country to country; the incidence of mass shootings, not so much.
“You’re politicising a tragedy by bringing up gun control” – it’s obvious why this one is bogus, but the ammosexuals love this one as much as they love indulging in the Nirvana Fallacy that nothing can be done because there’s no 100% effective solution. Gun control is a political issue that’s going to be discussed every time one of these incidents happens.
Finally, a new obligatory question for any gun fondlers here still thinking about commenting in this topic: is the fear of losing the supposed right to your beloved collection worth the price of yet more dead children who were engaging in activities that are supposed to be less risky then travelling in a car? How about the price of one dead child?