Meanwhile, here is a little sanity on the suggestion that all of these people are just mentally ill--or at least, mentally ill in any technical way.
But there is overwhelming epidemiological evidence that the vast majority of people with psychiatric disorders do not commit violent acts. Only about 4 percent of violence in the United States can be attributed to people with mental illness.Again, I am not saying that the only problem here is guns. I am not convinced that anyone needs a Bushmaster AR 15 for any legitimate reason beyond just liking the gun. Nor am I convinced that the Second Amendment was really meant to be a license for everyone to have as many guns as they want. That "well regulated militia" part just seems to have disappeared.
But by all means, let's fund mental health treatment, and we should do that even if doing so doesn't stop any shootings. We should do that because it is the right thing to do. And we can talk about video games and films. I am unsure their impact, but have no problem with that discussion. But we also have to talk about angry white males and we have to talk about guns.