Jim D Burns
From: Salida, CA.
I'm afraid this sort of thing will only stop when people stop petitioning God and start petitioning the NRA.
This has nothing to do with gun rights and everything to do with the 24/7 news cycle. If the news and other media didn't use these kinds of tragedies to make the shooters infamous, there wouldn't be so many copy-cat crimes. School shootings have gone way up in recent times because we have developed a culture that celebrates fame no matter what the cause of that fame and these nut jobs see that and seek the same attention and recognition those that have gone before have gotten.
Like it or not, it's the press in this country that has been responsible for the degradation of our culture and the press will never seek to do the right thing if it is left up to them to decide an issue, ever. The press will always choose to splash sensational stuff all over the screen and printed page regardless of any potential negative consequences. And if there is a buck to be made, a movie is definitely close behind the front page headlines. If you want to ban anything ban the presses rights to cover crimes before a trial has occurred.
After the trial they can splash anything they want about a crime, but by then of course they won't be able to pump the story with meaningless speculation and hyperbole, so they'll always cry foul and fall back on freedom of the press. There wasn't a 24/7 news cycle when the founders guaranteed freedom of the press and of course back then common decency was a common trait and no one could have ever imagined the scumbags that would infest the media that we have working in it today.
If you want to stop things like this from occurring so often, ban the press from covering it until after a trial. You can also make it unlawful to make a movie about mass killings as well, any law that would help keep the criminals name from becoming famous would work. Banning guns will only mean there is even less of a chance one of the victims is armed and can put a stop to the crime while it's in progress. Breaking the law is of no concern to those killing people so they'll still use guns. And if they can't find a gun they'll try and find another way (bomb or fire perhaps) to kill dozens, just as long as they get famous they don't care how they kill.