I'll start by saving us some time. If you've proposed a gun control measure in the last 48 hours, I can almost guarantee the following:
Your proposal is untenable, impractical, indefensible, unconstitutional, or some combination of the above. Pick whatever lets you sleep at night and move on. It's not going to happen, and you should be grateful that's the case.
(Seriously, you want to give the Cheeto regime MORE power and control over people? The fuck? Did we not learn after watching Bush and Obama take turns ripping the 4th Amendment to shreds?
And that goes double for anyone part of an oppressed minority. The U.S. just refused to sign an international pact condemning the death penalty for homosexuality and you want to give MORE power to these fucks? Where is your sense of self-preservation? Or history?)
Sorry if I sound arrogant and dismissive. But I've debunked every gun control proposal I've ever heard of, and I haven't heard a new one in five years. Life is short, fucking deal.
As far as what to do about mass shootings...
When I was still considering moving into bodyguard work, I listened to an old hand at the business give a lecture. and he said, "effectively nothing but luck or chance can stop a trained assassin who doesn't care if they survive once their mission is carried out."
The silver lining in that statement being that the skilled and the suicidal are very rarely the same person.
But I think that's changing today. I thought it starting with the congressional baseball shooter.
The skills aren't hard to learn, or to find.
And as a country, we have a growing population who despair enough to think they have nothing left to live for, and angry enough to want to take others with them.
And this goes across generational lines. We see it in baby boomers finding the safety net they've paid into their entire lives has huge rips and is spread over a concrete floor. We see it in Gen X'ers laid off, told to go back to school and getting out to find they've been replaced by a cheaper millenial. We find millenials sold a serious bill of goods, smart enough to discover exactly how they're getting fucked by the man and finding a dozen or more clever ways to fuck back.
And one in a million choosing to go out in a hail of antiheroism is still 320 of them running around the country at any given moment.
And I have no idea, culturally, how to change or stop that.
Individually, though? There's things that can be done.
This is one of our standard disasters now. In America, we haven't had a plague or a famine in over a century, but we have these. Best learn how to do what we can.
Don't want to be a good person with a gun? No worries.
Take a first aid class. Train yourself to do something when the blood flies.
CAT tourniquets, flashlights, Israeli bandages, IFAKs, Christmas is coming and they make great gifts.
We don't have the option to live in a world without mass shootings.
But we can do our damnedest to try and thrive in a world with them.