These back to back shootings in an election season will probably be the tipping point for some gun law reform, most likely in the form of enhanced/universal background checks, with particular attention on mental health history (or even social media history).
There might be some movement to address the elusive "gunshow loophole" fallacy as well.
Additionally, I have no problem denying someone convicted of domestic violence access to a weapon.
There is room for movement on this issue without infringing on legal gun owner's rights.
Those lines get blurry quick when people start talking about banning certain types of weapons and/or ammunition. It's a slippery slope from a semi-automatic rifle to a semi-automatic handgun.
I grieve with all the families in El Paso and Dayton who endured these latest mass shootings. Even if details are still emerging, there are a few things we already know to be true.
First, no other nation on Earth comes close to experiencing the frequency of mass shootings that we see in the United States. No other developed nation tolerates the levels of gun violence that we do. Every time this happens, were told that tougher gun laws wont stop all murders; that they wont stop every deranged individual from getting a weapon and shooting innocent people in public places. But the evidence shows that they can stop some killings. They can save some families from heartbreak. We are not helpless here. And until all of us stand up and insist on holding public officials accountable for changing our gun laws, these tragedies will keep happening.
Second, while the motivations behind these shootings may not yet be fully known, there are indications that the El Paso shooting follows a dangerous trend: troubled individuals who embrace racist ideologies and see themselves obligated to act violently to preserve white supremacy. Like the followers of ISIS and other foreign terrorist organizations, these individuals may act alone, but theyve been radicalized by white nationalist websites that proliferate on the internet. That means that both law enforcement agencies and internet platforms need to come up with better strategies to reduce the influence of these hate groups.
But just as important, all of us have to send a clarion call and behave with the values of tolerance and diversity that should be the hallmark of our democracy. We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who dont look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people. Such language isnt new its been at the root of most human tragedy throughout history, here in America and around the world. It is at the root of slavery and Jim Crow, the Holocaust, the genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in the Balkans. It has no place in our politics and our public life. And its time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much clearly and unequivocally.
Youth have become desensitized to violence and there is definitely a departure from appreciating the sanctity of life in modern culture. The traditional family unit is maligned and ebbing in society. Like church or not, the overriding message in churches is love they neighbor (well, most churches), but church attendance and faith in general are in serious decline.
Millions of kids are drugged with psychotropics now for often misdiagnosed mental health issues (ADD, ADHD etc). Endless exposure to violent video games desensitizes kids to and even normalizes violence and murder. Bullying by way of social media is rampant and victimizes the most vulnerable and often impressionable kids. White males are taught in liberal institutions that they are the cause of all the troubles, past and present, in the world.
There's not one, simple reason this happens, but it's more of a combination of factors that drive kids to this state of mind.
There's always been guns in society. Why did kids and young adults decide that gunning down perfect strangers is acceptable in the last few decades? It's not a gun issue; it's a mental health and societal issue.