Hate prompts someone to murder another. But guns give power to that hate, power and scope. Yes, people can and do kill with their bare hands, with knives and clubs, and rope. But it's more difficult, and the number of people you can kill without getting caught is significantly reduced.
Fear-mongering statements, often made by NRA and other opponents of any firearms regulations, defy simple logic. We all have heard the claim that guns do not kill people, but people kill people. Precisely due to this reason, I propose nationwide universal firearms regulations and background checks.
The National Rifle Association propaganda has it all wrong. Most violent acts are committed by people who are not crazy. And even when mental illness does play a role, we do not have the tools to identify which person will go berserk or prevent it from happening.
Two days later, Obama delivered a ten-minute speech from the University of Colorado that made no mention of gun control: Andrew
While there are some mass murderers who are mentally ill, the vast majority are simply angry, frustrated, violent, young men. They have been with us since the beginning of time, and until we implement stronger nationwide gun-control laws they are likely to commit more atrocities in the future.
Let's not allow mental illness to be further stigmatized by events like the Newtown tragedy, nor to distract us from the solutions that are closer at hand. It's a lot faster, easier, and cheaper to reduce the number of assault weapons in circulation.
In addition, killers often exhibit risk factors that are generally tied to criminality: a history of abuse or ineffective
A quick look at some of the more notable multiple slayings this year doesn't seem to point to a huge spike. Incidents in
Meanwhile, lawyers for Holmes announced they believe the 24-year-old suffers from mental illness, though they haven't yet