The overwhelming majority of murders and suicides in the U.S. occur by gun.
Nothing else is as lethal. Even though gun ownership has fallen to 35% of
American homes, the carnage continues apace because the homes that have guns
have multiple guns that are likely to be used. Jared Padgett's home, where
there were at least two semi-automatic weapons and a large amount of ammunition,
is typical of the kind of situation that results in violence. Having the guns
available increases the likelihood someone will be shot, wounded or killed.
@ vern001:With over 300,000,000 privately owned guns in America,
your suggestion of not having guns in any homes is not even close to being
feasible or practical. Even if such a far-fetched bill were to ever pass
(extremely doubtful), an active black-market for guns would exist for decades
and perhaps even longer. With the kind of supply that already exists, control
would be all but impossible. Where there is enough will, there will
alway be a way. There is a myriad of ways to kill other people. If guns were not
an option, other ways could and would be found. With over
335,000,000 people currently living in the United States, there is occasionally
going to be an individual who goes over the edge and does a terrible act like
this. It's almost inevitable. Especially when we live in a
violence oriented culture where almost all visual media (TV, movies and video
games) portrays extreme violence as a seemingly normal part of live to many
young people. Some of the more susceptible tend to become jaded to it. Sadly,
some then act out their fantasies.
Maybe the best course of action is not to have a gun in the home....Certainly
this boy didn't appear to show any signs of violent tendencies--yet he
killed another. A tragedy for both families that could have been averted.