There are many direct or indirect causes. But, such an analysis doesn’t help. It’s too much about pointing fingers, blame, guilt, and wickedness.
Let’s talk about what can be done to prevent this in so many ways.
1. Broad education that life is dear, not cheap. Guns are to protect, not to assault. In Israel, many walk around armed. It makes things safer here.
2. Commercial interests must not put guns in the street, at everyone’s disposal. Politicians must outlaw everyone’s freedom to be violent. The public must force the politicians through relentless demonstrations for common sense gun laws only. Is your state a democracy or demoneycracy?
3. Stop teasing, pestering, isolating, and pathologizing guys who are poor, weird, different, or INCELs. They may take revenge on everyone because no one ever stood up for them. How would you feel in their place? Have some empathy before it’s too late, and no one will feel for them anymore.
4. In Israel, we had terrorists murder at schools. Every school has fences, armed guards, intercoms, locked entrances, panic buttons, etc. (Arming teachers is stupid. This shows when it would be better to arm some of the kids since they have less empathy and quicker reflexes.)
5. When you are afraid that someone might get violent, reach out to law enforcement. These potential culprits always shower their surroundings with warning signs. Looking away is part of the problem all along. Blaming the police at the scene is like handing out free blowtorches to pyromaniacs and then, accusing the fire brigade for not being fast enough.
6. Gun violence doesn’t happen in a vacuum. When a society is ruthless, gun violence is only the tip of the iceberg. US-ers are mostly nice people, in my experience, but an economic cruelty weighs down on all of them.
7. The ‘motives’ of these young men need no research, wrong as they are. “No one ever cared about me. I’ll show you that I don’t care about you. You hurt me so much and made my life unbearable. I’ll pay you in kind.” Possibly with “You all thought I was a powerless wimp, but here, I’m not.”
8. Reporting all the raw emotions of the horror among the survivors is only fostering hatred for the perpetrator and powerlessness. It totally misses that much can be done, and many solutions are at our fingertips.
9. Less media obsession with perpetrators (withhold names and pics) and more subdued reporting on survivors’ pain may prevent copycat attacks.
10. To portray these mass murders as innocent society vs. a lone, wicked, crazy gunman is a distortion. As the above points show, society can do a lot to prevent this. It’s too easy just to blame the shooter. Yet, I don’t intend to assign blame for past failures. Rather, I call upon us all to take responsibility to create a better future by preventing this. Yes, we can.
In other words, there are only school shootings when many problems pile up. So many people must drop the ball before this could happen. And, taking care of each measure of prevention mentioned above greatly diminishes a chance of a next mass murder at schools and elsewhere.