Loss of life is tragic.
I've seen it countless ways over my 23 years of LEO.
But, let's tally the failures of the "system" here ...
- FBI does not properly investigate the potential of threats, not communicate those to local agencies that might have taken it more seriously.
- Local agency has multiple contacts with the subject for a few year prior; many domestic issues, reports of life threats, etc. He's never brought up on charges that we're aware of at this point.
- Local school resource officer (fully sworn, armed deputy in uniform) present at the shooting does zilch for 4 minutes while the carnage takes place.
If we're going to talk reform, let's take a BIG PICTURE view of this.
I have two points to make in response to this portion of your original post:
If this shooter was NOT a White male, but was either Black, or Middle Eastern, do you honestly believe that the FBI and Police investigations into this situation would have turned out the same, no charges would have been placed, he would have never been detained/arrested, and he would have been allowed to retain his weapons?
Second, on the topic of Reform, do you believe that had he not been able to procure a weapon like the AR-15 with high capacity magazines, he would still have been able to kill 17 people, if he was running around with some other, lower capacity gun, like a bolt action rifle, or a 6 shot revolver, or better yet, no gun at all, and had to commit his murder spree with a baseball bat or a hunting knife?
I know that the vast majority of you won't agree with my opinion that I am about to share, but its my opinion, and I believe it to be the truth:
- Not everyone needs to possess a weapon capable of inflicting as much damage as an AR-15 and its ilk.
- Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.
- Every citizen should have the right to earn that privilege.
- It should be earned, after proving proficiency and maturity.
You know, like a drivers license.
- And when the citizen becomes a threat to the public, they should be able to lose that privilege, just like they can lose their drivers license if they violate traffic laws, or lose their freedom if they are convicted of crimes.
- Weapons should be insured, like automobiles, and there should be an insurance scale that represents the likelihood of someone being a danger to society that could lead up to the termination of your privilege to own and possess guns. There should be a national database that is shared across all concerned agencies that will allow them to determine if there is justifiable cause to remove a citizens privilege to possess and procure weapons.
I could keep going on, but its not going to make any difference for most of the members of this forum.
Some of you have said over the years that you want to have weapons like the AR-15 just in case the tyrannical government decides to knock on your door, and take your guns away from you. You guys know who you are, and you're nuts, and are among the people who I think really, really, really shouldn't have guns.
Here's a question I have for every LEO on the forum:
How much less stressful would your job be if you knew for a 100% certainty that on every call you will ever respond to, or traffic stop that you initiate, that there is ZERO
chance that the people who you are about to interact with has a gun on them?
How much happier would your family be if they knew there was ZERO chance that you were going to get shot by a nut job with a gun, and a defective brain?