You know how I feel, please tell me how you feel.
Do you feel more gun control laws are what's best?
Do you feel we need better help for the mentally ill?
How do you feel? Please let me know.
This is just a start but I think that non-hunting weapons including all handguns and assault rifles should harder to purchase. With strong vetting, these weapons can be openly sold but it needs better oversight. Maybe if you married certain aspects of the graduated licensing program (North Carolina's info is the Google docs link below) with rules for alcohol like BAC testing, ABC stores, no drinking under 21 you could come up with some more comprehensible ways to combat this.
You've already seen my opinion in my editorial, so you already know that I don't see a purpose to having firearms for sale at all, however I agree that more gun control is very necessary.
Of course, details are continuing to come out with each minute that passes, so stories aren't the same as they were before. It sounds as if some of the weapons that he had were registered under his mother's name. That is not to say that it is her fault for owning them or not keeping them locked up, as the suspect was old enough to be "trusted" around them, but it gave him easy access.
Unfortunately, with that specific example, gun control is something that we can't account for, unless we ban guns altogether, which comes with it's own set of challenges.
I think that although some of the processes I mentioned may not have stopped this shooting from happening, I think that in addition to heavier restrictions, the public perspective must change so that less people view shooting as the solution to their problems. I didn't originally read your blog post but I agree that there should be additional resources for reporting suspicious activities and seeking help.
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch