I think the point is being missed here. The problem is NOT the gun/X-Acto knife/plane/bomb. It is the PERSON wielding it & the MENTAL ILLNESS that they have. 100% of these mass killings/attacks have been committed by someone with a mental illness, but not ALL have used a gun.
The thing about these perps is that they want to be known for the damage they do. Guns, knives, hammers, it doesn't matter.
If they really wanted to inflict harm on a great number of people but not be known, there are a bazillion ways, from hacking to poison. But that won't get them want they want: notoriety.
It's clearly a mental health issue. I simply do not understand why guns have been targeted. Why can't our politicians stop with the political drama and work to a true remedy rather than exploiting and dancing around their favorite issue du jour?
I have a relative who became mentally ill, although NEVER a threat to society. I did my best to help, but was thwarted at every turn - insurance wouldn't cover, finding resources was almost impossible, it was such a tough time. After going through what I did in trying to help this individual I realize how hard it is to get help. Where would a parent, sibling, aunt, therapist, etc.go to if they thought someone they knew was a menace to society?
"...But that won't get them want they want: notoriety...."
So how could we get the media to button up their sorry motor-mouthing lips to keep these idiots from getting the publicity their warped minds are attracted to like heroin?
Paul Harvey, many years ago when covering a story about such nutburgers, would describe the details, but end with the remark that "he would want me to mention his name...." at which point the story would end. Now there was a man with integrity, which is sorely lacking in the enemedia.