Since the unspeakable crime that took place at a grade school in Connecticut, celebrities, and other U.S citizens alike have been publicly acknowledging and pushing for tougher rules on gun control. While I agree certain strides can be made by amending legislation surrounding owning guns, I also believe that targeting legal gun owners will not solve crimes such as those that took place on December 14th that took the life of 20 innocent children.
I believe people are reacting emotionally which is expected in a situation like this, and calling for gun bans. This will only scrape the surface of the true problem at hand. It has become quite apparent over the last few years that shooting incidents are on the rise in the U.S. Many countless innocent lives lost in the Aurora theatre shooting in July, the current one, not to mention the many others that have occurred throughout America.
The solution is not a quick fix, or an easy one, to tackle such a multifaceted problem.
The mental instability of the criminals responsible for these heinous crimes is one part of the problem. If we approach the nature of these acts by looking into the potential root causes, we have to consort a holistic approach. This involves looking at the psychosocial state of the perpetrators in question. It is very clear that one or more mental instabilities have left the people responsible unable to make moral and rational decisions. I approach the situation from this vantage point.
From a psychosocial perspective, the problem to be solved is one rooted in deep emotional trauma or some other diminished mental capacity. To tackle this problem, takes a lot more coronation and team work than petitioning congress to change legislation on gun ownership. The solution here, is to truly dig into the psychological issues behind this behaviour, and start by implementing it broad scale in whatever forms available.