How anyone could commit mass killings of innocents, especially children, is beyond comprehension.
Such monstrous acts bring immediate cries to prevent future carnage. In our moments of passion over these crimes, we must get beyond politically correct “solutions” which give us warm feelings while doing nothing to prevent mass killings.
With that in mind, consider the fact that the two worst mass killings at schools in the U.S. did not involve any guns whatsoever. In Michigan, 45 people were killed by destroying school facilities with dynamite; and in Illinois, fire was the weapon resulting in the deaths of 92 students and three nuns.
Most modern day perpetrators of mass school shootings and similar mass killings were either taking psychotropic drugs or had recently stopped taking psychotropic drugs.
Such drugs are commonly prescribed for mental health issues, and they have a well-demonstrated history of side-effects including mania, confusion, hostility, psychosis, hallucinations, lack of emotion, and depersonalization.
The Gun Free Zone Act was enacted in 1996. Based upon results, this legislation made the situation worse by making targets of schools and other “gun free” zones.
Between 1966 and 1996, we had eight mass shootings with 134 victims killed or wounded resulting in 4.3 victims per year. Between 1996 and 2012, we had 62 shootings and 367 victims or 23 victims per year - a five-fold increase.
All of these mass killings occurred in “gun free” zones.
During the 1970s, the Carter administration conducted scientific study through a major gun control research grant to the University of Massachusetts.
After four years of critical study, the results were published in 1981. They found that gun control laws do not reduce crime.
Another study by John Lott and William Landes of data from 1976 to 1995 found that the only factor consistently reducing multiple mass public shootings was the passage of laws allowing concealed carry of handguns.
Adopting such laws reduced mass homicides by 84 percent, related deaths by 90 percent, and related injuries by 82.5 percent.
Multiple studies have shown that guns are used vastly more often to protect people from crimes than guns are used to commit crimes.
Based on those studies, Americans use guns approximately one to 2.5 million times each year to defend themselves from violent crime including about 200,000 women protecting themselves from sexual crimes or abuse.