And the solution is? First of all, let me say I think I found a great forum here. Lot's of well thought out responses to varying ideas, without the thread turning into a WWF smackdown. So what is the solution? Is this a mental health issue? A proliferation of guns issue? A lack of enough police issue? I'll get to my 2 cents worth of opinion in a minute. It is very true we have a homeless problem, higher drug use, more crime, more "syndromes", etc. since our mental hospitals basically opened the gates up. To show my age, I did not go to school with kids with ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, or any of the modern "syndromes". If all the current goings on are the result of mentally ill walking loose and unchecked, and the solution is to fund mental institutions and lock them up, how many here will that affect personally? ADD, ADHD, Aspergers, OCD, depressives, binge drinkers, sex addicts, homosexuals, the paranoid, etc.? Remember that any of these syndromes were at one time grounds to have someone committed to an asylum. You know, most of the people with the symptoms I mentioned are highly functioning aside from their "quirks". Are there too many guns, and do they call to us in the middle of the night to climb a water tower and go nuts? Some of mine do call to me, but they are saying "clean me, I'm rusting". Will gun control stop a murderer? Or knife control? Or baseball bat control? How about martial arts control? I wonder what would happen if someone were to mix a gallon of bleach with a gallon of ammonia close to an HVAC return? Guess we need cleaning supply control too. No, there isn't really a way to stop a person intent on doing another harm, is there? Are our video games and movies making our young people crazy and violent? Do we need to restrict games, movies and TV? Is Call of Duty any worse than Have Gun Will Travel, Bonanza, The Rifleman, or any of the 9 dozen WWII movies guys my age watched as a kid when there were 3 channels of television? Well, we used to walk around the neighborhood with loaded guns at 10 and 12, and if we had an altercation with another boy we carefully placed our loaded guns down before having our fist fight or wrestling match. Today's youth probably wouldn't put the gun down and solve it with a fist fight would they? Wonder what changed? More cops / armed guards? That must be the solution, right? Well, what if there had been an armed security person on site at any of these recent headline events? What if he or she were using the restroom when the crazy persons arrived on the scene? What if he or she were the first thing the crazy persons looked for and dispatched? So we need two or thre, or a dozen at each school in the nation? No, that's not enough. Each and every one of us needs 3 personal policemen/security guards - one to walk ahead, one to watch behind, and one for a wingman. No, I guess more cops/guards is not feasible, nor the solution. Over 500 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies and Cub Scouts participated in a community service project near me last year. We got a half paragraph on page 12 of the C section of the local newspaper. A teenage girl swam out and rescued a drowning guy 3 times her size. IIRC, she got a whole paragraph somewhere in section C. Yet a single crazy walks into a school with a gun, and we as a nation cannot escape the constant publicity it receives. Sure the guy probably knew he would die, but he was absolutely certain he would be famous. Heck, I have things I need to be doing, but here I am posting on a forum as a result of it. Maybe we are rewarding the wrong behavior? Hey, we could call it the media's fault couldn't we? Start regulating the news? I think another country did that already - didn't work too well. But we have to do something! Spend some money, pass some laws, post an ad, have a mini-series. Something! What can each and every one of us do? In my opinion, it is easy, and we just need politicians and the media to step out of the way and let us do it. We could all take responsibility for our own security. We could stop the vilification of weapons and those fond of them, and encourage more people to learn to defend themselves. (I realize the next paragraph is a bit indelicate, and I mean no disrespect to anyone, but sometimes you just have to say some things plainly). We heard of the heroic teacher who gathered her kids up, locked a door and died trying to protect them. I should not speak ill of the dead, but I would suggest to you, she, like so many of my children's teachers, may have thought all guns are evil. Suppose instead, she had been brought up with marksmanship a part of her life just as ballet, and piano lessons. Suppose she lived in a society which did not fear law abiding citizens being armed? Would she have walked out of that classroom blowing the smoke off the end of the barrel of her .357 with the pink grips, yelling behind her "somebody grab the kickball, it's recess time". Well, that sounds a bit like a Clint Eastwood movie, but you get my point. Of course in a fantasy world like this one, the crazy probably wouldn't have made it past the Betty White looking grandma who was standing in the lobby with a tray of brownies for her granddaughter's kindergarten class. Anyway, long story short (too late), in my opinion the way to curb craziness is to enable and encourage people to be able to defend themselves and their loved ones.