Crazy people will almost always get their hands on weapons. Our bigger problem is the culture in our own country that shrugs off these daily incidents and refuses to deal with the problem of our gun culture. Yes, people have rights to own guns. We now have millions and millions of guns owned by "law abiding citizens". The problem is, we have made it too easy for just anyone to have a gun because of our weak gun laws.
And, speaking of the ease of access to guns by people who should not have them, there is more to the story I wrote about the 8th grader in Hastings, Minnesota, who waved a loaded gun around at his school. In an article in today's Star Tribune, the foster parents told a story of a young boy who they wanted to adopt from Russia, with serious mental and emotional problems. They were afraid of him and predicted that he could be violent. And yet, from the early reports, the gun this boy used to threaten classmates and teachers at his school, came from their own home where he had found the key to the lock and stolen the gun. There is a lesson here. When teen-aged children have serious enough problems to make parents in the home afraid for their own safety, perhaps the best idea about guns is to make sure there are none in the home. Way too often, the guns children and teens use to commit shootings have come from home.
When will we ever learn?