The current crisis makes me question my beliefs about firearm laws. I was raised in the Midwest and support guns. I think firearms are neat and target shooting is a lot of fun. Personally I feel safer with weapons, but I don't need to have them to feel safe. Martial arts can do this too. However; I have to wonder if it's really the right school of thought. Many countries have very strict limits on firearms or outright ban citizens from having them and appear to have low crime rates. I am not sure the US's system is fit for citizens to have firearms. We do not have good enough policies in place to prevent the wrong individuals obtaining weapons. Mental care here is poor. The argument will always exist that criminals will get guns if they want them and this I agree with. Yet, what happened in Vegas was not by the hand of someone that we would objectively assume is a "criminal" until it was too late. Until we are able to care for individuals affected by mental illness, provide more in-depth background checks, and facilitate better education and opportunity in regions heavily affected by crime, I don't think the US is mature enough to handle firearms.
Feel free to retort. I am on the boundary of conservative and liberal thought processes so nothing is inherently unwelcome.