This is a horrible tragedy and I wonder if we will ever know exactly what happened or why. We do know, though, that guns were involved and it seems to me reasonable to ask ourselves--again--why we allow guns to have this magical hold on us. Over and over again, tragedy after tragedy, someone commits an atrocity with a gun. If we’d made it a little harder for the shooter to get the guns, would some or all of the victims be alive today?
What is it about guns? The conservative gun-nuts are already staking out their position on this point. Two local blogs today made the argument that if citizens were armed, they could have stopped this shooter. Great. Put a gun in the hand of every college kid in the country? That’s not only absurd, it’s just crazy. Arming the citizenry will mean more gun-related deaths, intentional and otherwise, not fewer. The sane approach is to make sure that there are fewer guns. Not more.