Mass shootings are horrible. No doubt. No argument. They are clearly the work of the most disturbed among us.
They do not tell the whole story. Thus, we should not frame this entire discussion about gun violence on mass shootings. How could we ever predict such incomprehensible tragedy?
But, if we choose to; if we are brave enough; we can look at the aspects of gun violence that we can impact.
Every day in the US, the death toll is the equivalent of 3 “Auroras” — roughly 34 people murdered by guns.
Road rage, domestic violence, shooting the neighbor in the course of an argument…Can we explore this intersection? Violence and impulse?
We need to consider how this nation treats our mentally ill. Absolutely. But every country has citizens who are mentally ill; some have good systems for addressing mental health, some not. None of them have the murder rate we do. None have the frequency of mass killings we do.