When you are formulating the solution to a problem you need to ask yourself:
Am I simply putting more ambulances at the bottom of the cliff or am I actually fixing the broken guard rail?
In light of today's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook, I can't help but think about this question. I hate guns. I have never held one in my hands. I simply can't relate to this fascination, our national obsession. So, I admit, regulating the damn things sounds like a good idea to me. Then I ask the question - does it fix the guard rail?
Bowling for Columbine is one of the best documentaries ever made. Regardless of your opions about Michael Moore, he methodically tries to figure out why there are so many more gun deaths per capita in the US than there are anywhere else in the world. Getting to the heart of that reason is truly fixing the guard rail. Gun control might simply be putting more ambulances at the bottom of the cliff (please excuse the harshness of that metaphor.)
The ideal solution to any problem does both - it puts ambulances in place until the guard rail is fixed. In my opinion that is what gun control is - ambulances at the bottom of the cliff - until we fix ourselves - get to root of our violence, our mental health crisis. But those ambulances are needed, several and quickly, because I am starting to think that the guard rail is not broken - it just isn't even there.
No more prayers, no more" hearts going out." Pretend these are random terrorist attacks - because they are.