- This is yet another reason to hope we keep comprehensive health care as intact as we can, so that those people suffering from mental illness have a better chance of finding affordable treatment and care.
- I would appreciate it if politicians in America, of whatever political stripe, and their supporters (media and otherwise), would refrain from gun imagery, military imagery, calls to violence, etc. They may be intended as metaphors, but they can be suggestive to unstable individuals at the very least. And possibly to stable ones as well -- human beings are easily led to panic and riot, sadly. I'm hoping that in the wake of this tragedy, all sides will refrain from such imagery/language for a time, at least.
- I've never properly researched gun control issues, so I'm not sure what would be needed to really reduce the number of firearms in America today. But I would be a lot happier if we had a lot fewer of them around. Even if there's a legitimate argument to be made for keeping a rifle for hunting, or a pistol for home defense (and admittedly, I'm fairly dubious about the latter need), I can't imagine why an ordinary citizen would need any kind of automatic weapon, for example.
And I expect better of us.