Never Again, Until the Next Time
1996 Dunblane,UK (17K-13W) Firearm
2002 Erfurt, Germany (16K-1W) Firearm
2009 Winnenden, Germany (15K-9/13W) Firearm (the shooter Kretschmer fired 112 rounds from a Beretta 9mm pistol, the wounded included several armed Police officers)
1989 Montreal, Canada (14K-14W) Firearm
2009 Baku, Azerbaijan (12K-13W) Firearm
2011 Rio de Janiero (12K-12W)Firearm
2006 China (12K-5W) Knife/Arson
1964 Volkhoven, Germany (10K-22W) Firearm
2008 Kauhajoki, Finland (10K-3W) Firearm
2010 Linchang, China (9K-11W) Cleaver
In an eerie coincidence I happened on Martin Bryant. Diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome during his childhood, this Tasmanian devil went on a shooting rampage that left 35 dead, and 21 injured. He lived in New Town a suburb of Hobart, Tasmania. He currently resides in Risdon Prison Psych Ward serving 35 life sentences plus an extra 1035 years for his crime.
I do not argue that accessibility to firearms makes this type of crime possible, but I do also point out that even in places where legal gun ownership is prohibited, or heavily regulated, they still occur. So called “Gun Free Zones” are a joke! We have enough gun laws here, what we need is better enforcement. How many readers have made firearm arrests where the suspect has served the 18 month mandatory sentence? How many times are repeat firearm offenders bailed, or default and continue to commit armed crimes? The guns used by criminals are obtained through theft, or purchased by illegal means. Serial numbers are altered or removed, yet, it's rare when a suspect is charged federally?
It's also a question of our treatment of individuals with mental illness. There is a stigma attached to it, and for every family that acknowledges a “problem”, there are probably three that are in denial or unable to access resources to help the situation. How many times have we read or heard AFTER the fact that a young man or woman was feared or avoided by neighbors and family members because of their psychosis? We've all been to the training, read the books, and interacted with the mentally ill during our tours. Or maybe a family member is afflicted? But no one can predict an outburst of such violence as the one at Sandy Hook Elementary. Taking guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens is NOT the answer.