As heartbreaking as it is to say, mass murders by single shooters cannot be prevented. Anderson Cooper and friends on CNN can scratch their heads and wag their jaws about prevention endlessly and never come up with a reliable answer. A determined gunman who has no plan to escape the scene cannot be stopped except by sheer luck.
The man contemplating such an attack has long ago given up any notion of abiding by the law. Outlawing guns will not keep a man bent on killing from obtaining the means to carry out his crime. Theft, fraud, forgery, assault, even a single murder are acceptable tools to obtain a weapon. If not a gun; a bomb or poison will do. The tree growing from this mental process has deep roots.
The latest shooting in Florida is evidence that you can take precautions, but you cannot prevent this kind of tragedy. The school did everything right; controlled entry, guards, drills and still a gunman got through. The answer to the problem lies not with guns, heightened precautions or more laws. The solution lies within the hearts and minds of men.
Moral and ethical restraints have been eaten away. Ironically, this has been done in the name of progress and an enlightened evolution in thinking. In truth, there is nothing new with this mind set. Doing what one wants in the face of moral imperatives to the contrary is the oldest trait of man as we know him. We have different colors of skin, eyes, and hair. We worship differently. We think along varying cultural lines and speak different languages. However, in one thing we are all the same. That is in our certainty that the universe is trying to hold us back by denying us feed our own wants unfettered.
A man who wishes to kill, will find a way to kill. We are inventive creatures. Don’t be deceived. The willingness to curse one another, and to verbally bite and devour one another, is a thin skin covering murderous intent. Mass murder doesn’t require insanity—just a little self-talk. Kindness, extended from a heart at peace with itself and others, is the only effective deterrent to violence and murder.