Responsible parents first childproof their house, then houseproof their child. You must move dangerous things “out of reach of children.” Eventually, they should be trained in self-control and in respect for others. Our society has become like a dysfunctional family that didn’t houseproof their child who, for lack of self control and respect for others, becomes a terror wherever they go. After every mass shooting, we run to ban the dangerous objects in the room instead of dealing with the people reaching for them. Mass shootings over the last 10 years involved crazy people who were being seen by mental health professionals that didn’t properly address the risk to society. Some were even contacted by police or had broadcast their intentions over the Internet.
We ban things to feel safe with crazies, criminals and perverts running around. Before, we could buy guns at the hardware store. Kids could go to school with hunting rifles in their trucks and society was relatively free from mass shootings. Something has changed and it isn’t easy access to guns. It’s the mentally ill and the convicted rapists walking the streets while we try to keep the dangerous stuff out of their reach. I shouldn’t be forced to accept infringements of my rights so you can feel safer with the mentally ill roaming the streets. Instead of trying to keep guns out of the reach of criminals and the mentally ill, perhaps we should return to keeping them out of reach of guns.