Maybe, short of that, metal detectors, armed guards or a few teachers or custodians with concealed pistols can minimize the resulting death and destruction.
And maybe with some improved counseling services, we can identify troubled teens ready to explode.
Gun control laws don’t work.
Mexico and Chicago both have highly restrictive laws about the purchase and ownership of guns and ammunition, but they have much higher murder rates than most of the U.S.
If you don’t want to believe your lying eyes, perhaps you will accept the RAND Corp. finding that the overwhelming majority of studies show that gun control policies simply don’t work.
RAND spent two years and $1 million on the analysis, searching for evidence of benefits from gun control policies. RAND’s analysis looked to establish connections between gun policies and rates of homicide, suicide, self-defense gun use, hunting, and other categories. The vast majority of those categories went unaffected.
RAND’s analysis found some evidence that laws aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of small children had some effect on rates of suicide and accidental gun injuries.
In addition, RAND surveyed 95 gun policy experts on both sides of the debate, asking them to rank the ideal outcomes of any given gun control legislation. The outcomes included lowering homicides, suicides, and mass shootings, plus protecting privacy and enabling hunting and sport shooting.
The vast majority of the experts responded that cutting suicides and homicides should be the top priorities. Reasonable, right? What might work that hasn’t been done to date?