Thanks Gem for writing exactly what I would have. (but not so eloquently …and stuff)
Having lived in the US for a year I experienced the gun-mania first hand. They take it so seriously over there. And there are heated arguments in bars about the ‘right to bear arms’ and comments are made like, “I need a gun to protect myself from all the crazies that have guns”.
If there has ever been a lose/lose argument, it is the right to bear arms. (arming bears on the other hand…)
Guns are entrenched in US society, almost as much as religion is. It will take a shitload of effort and an enormous campaign from a brave president to make that cultural shift.
In the meantime, these incidents will keep occuring. I can remember 4 or 5 seperate cases of a shooting spree somewhere in the states while I was there. I don’t even know if they were all reported in Oz.
It took ONE such incident to occur in Australia for laws to be changed and feelings towards firearms to change.
How many will it take in the US?