But since the ban was lifted, hasnt there been more mass shootings?
Let us get past mass shooting like Sandy Hook.
What about everyday people who get shot, because of stupidity (accidents), or crimes where people are shot.
Most of these are not mental health issues. Sandy hook probably was, but these mass shootings get the press. People who get shot daily, get a blurb and their family has to deal with the fall out.
Lets think bigger than one simple case.
If it were up to me, every single last gun (fighter plane, attack chopper, drone, etc), way to make them and schematic would be destroyed on the earth. Not some here, or some there, or one over here. ALL of them. Since this idea is proposterous, from my point of view, there is very little we can do to stop all firearm related violence. I do not like the idea of an unarmed population, while the government still has firepower. In fact, this idea frightens me. Because history is an intellectual weapon, and from what I see this idea leads to pure disaster.
So what can we do? Well, some regulations (yes, even for a guy who shivers at the idea) are important. I am not opposed to background checks on all firearm purchases. But most of all, I think we as a society need to address/investigate our cultural problems that may lead to such acts of violence. Such as this pop a pill culture where everything is solved through medication, meanwhile the meds do crazy shit to the brain or body....as one example. Education, mental health, etc...etc..the food we eat, the way we live. It's not a one avenue cure, or a one avenue cause....
Other than that, i think more people should be trained and armed. On the overall, gun related crimes have decreased over the years in spite of our being the biggest arms purchasing country in the world. There are going to be shootings. Police shootings, violent offender shootings, etc...that's one part of the problem with the statistics. they do not break it down so that we know where violent offenders stand vs. defense initation, or accidents, or suicides, or what have you.
To shorten my point, i don't think it is something we will ever fully cure. And steps to try usually result in unseen consequences.