at this moment it's far easier to buy an illegal gun than a legal one, which is evidence that no matter how strict gun laws can be, it will never take them out of the hands of criminals. the only way to prevent tragedies like this is to treat the underlying issue, which is not always, but is very often, untreated mental illnesses among impoverished people. proper, universal health care and incentive to seek health care (=> proper, universal education) are the best and perhaps only ways things like this can be prevented. it's baffling that people can still be shocked at events like this when it's easier to get a semi-automatic rifle than medication for schizophrenia.
Not disagreeing with you, but stolen guns used in 15% of crimes. For today's shooting, the guns were owned by the kid's mother supposedly. The mall shooting wasn't a mass shooting, but he stole (borrowed) the gun from a friend. Pretty much all other shootings were acquired legally and the shooter was the owner of the gun (movie theatre shooting, ft hood shooting, the sikh temple shooting, both hair salon shootings, can't remember the others atm).
Now for "illegal guns" (guns aren't legal/illegal unless it's an unregistered NFA item), it's not necessarily that they're stolen in most cases. The way of obtaining a gun illegally is through a straw purchase (which isn't inherently illegal), or by a person buying it then reporting it stolen when they really just sold it to someone that shouldn't have a gun. I forget the statistic but I think it was 87% of gun stores don't have guns used in crimes traced back to them at all (stolen or not stolen). I think it was 7% of gun stores sell over 60% of all guns used in crimes.
A few more days could mean a huge difference between a massacre, and an apprehension and arrest.
I'm also quite positive that making firearms harder to get will boost the price of illegal firearms considerably, making them even harder to acquire. Maybe it won't stop every shooting, but if we stop ONE shooting with some reasonable form of gun control, then the legislation is successful.
I really like this post though. I really do.
The Norway shooter went through his arduous process. Virginia Tech shooter waited for 30 days for each gun I believe (60 total). Many of the other shootings this year, the people already owned their guns. Arrest? Arrest for what? If they have no criminal record what's there to arrest them for? And again, I'll say most firearms used in crimes/mass shootings were legally obtained. The "illegal market" of guns in the U.S. is very small, guns aren't significantly cheaper.
What was this guy's mental illness? Is it not possible that he wasn't (clinically) mentally ill?
Rumor so far (according to his brother) is aspergers and a personality disorder.
Why is it only the USA in the Western world that seems to suffer mass shootings and rampage shootings in this way, then?
Selection bias, not knowing what's going on in other countries, etc. The U.S. has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world, only rivaled by Honduras--not even Mexico rivals the murder rate afaik. But then again, in Mexico cartels have 15 minute shootouts with police, and guess what--guns are pretty much impossible to get unless you have a shitload of money. The U.S. is also one of the only first world countries that still implement the death penalty, doesn't have NHS, and a few other factors that are correlated with the crime rate.