@shibboleet Seriously... why are people trying to bring irrelevant politics into this?
Politics is why lunatics are allowed to roam with guns and thus, why people die from the indirect result of that.
Okay, let's say guns were never invented and no one ever thinks about the idea of guns. Well all mass shootings that have occured will still take place except they're now vehicular attacks and mass stabbings. As long as psychopathy and extremism aren't taken care of, people will use anything they can as a weapon: knives, bike locks, hammers, clothes hangers, you name it. Yes maybe that would mean less deaths but you never know what could possibly happen. If people really want to create a mass casuality and they have no guns, they would probably illegally build a bomb. If someone wanted to commit suicide and they do not have a gun, they would probably jump off a high place or threaten a police officer with a knife.
If a knife was used instead of a gun when it comes to lunatics acting psychopathic, far less people would die, suicides would be less successful, and family conflicts wouldn't end in utter tragedy.
Think of this. The US has by far, the highest rate of gun death per 100,000 people in all developed countries. Take another good look at RicBent's post. Why do you think the US has such an overly bloated ratio compared to other countries? I know that correlation doesn't necessarily equate causation, but the US is practically known across the world for its immensely lax gun regulation rather than its high population of mentally insane psychopaths.
Think of it like vehicles. After all, both guns and vehicles can be used to murder people. Drive with responsibility and you'll be fine. If someone hijacks a truck that you need to obtain a special license in order to drive and uses it to run over people, should we get rid of all vehicles including Smart Cars and Mini Coopers? Remember any vehicle can be used as a weapon. Or would it be more effective to treat the root cause (mental illness or extremist ideology) instead?
The difference between guns and vehicles is that many, many, many people absolutely need to drive in order to be sufficient in society, ask anyone who lives in the suburbs where necessary establishments such as supermarkets. No one needs guns to survive these days.
I also keep hearing anti-gun regulation people bring up "Guns don't kill people. People kill people." I'd like to remind everyone that this entire saying rests on a logical fallacy, the false dichotomy. It's not one or either when the problem is clearly both
. If the person holding the gun doesn't have the gun, he wouldn't kill, and of course, the gun by itself is harmless. BOTH are the problem, not just one or the either. That means we should regulate guns more strictly AND concern ourselves with mental healthcare, something the GOP wants to curb both from for whatever hell reason.