As much as I hate to admit it, President Stopped Clock got it right while, dancing in the blood himself, he accidently said something profound. Paraphrasing, he said that our reactions to these events are becoming routine.
Consider it for a moment. These things go off like they are scripted. A young male, often on one or more psychotropic drugs, always with some sort of axe to grind, kits himself out with one or more guns and as much ammo as he can carry. He then goes to a gun free zone and proceeds to shoot people until the good guys show up and either shoot him or he suicides.
And when one of these events happens, the reactions are just as scripted.
- The media goes into a hyperventilating feeding frenzy, because, by God, if it bleeds it leads and this is blood on an industrial scale, so we're going wall-to-wall.
- Groups like the Brady Bunch fill in the blanks in their pre-written press releases and start sending out pleas for money.
- Anti-gun politicians start demanding the rights of those who had nothing to do with the crime.
- Pro-gun activists, having learned from Newtown, immediately go on the offense, because we know that if we don't we're going to get steam rollered by those whose emotions demand that they "DO SOMETHING!!!" no matter how useless it will actually be.