I was taught in high school debate class years ago that to win the debate you had to prove that the solution proposed actually would fix the problem. Most liberals seem to have skipped that lesson. At least the comments to Kathleen Parker’s article on gun control seemed to skip that step. The common element in most of the recent mass shootings was mental illness. The Columbine shooters were mentally ill according to the FBI. The Aurora movie theater shooter's psychiatrist reported warned the police that he was homicidal. The Virginia Tech shooter had a history of mental illness.
Tucson police knew the Gabby Giffords shooter
Jared Loughner was delusional. Newtown shooter Adam Lanza
feared his mother was going to commit him.
At least a partial solution to the problem would be to make involuntary
commitment easier. However, easier
involuntary commitment would really upset the ACLU, so we must avoid talking
about that. Conservatives have noticed
that the gun control solutions liberals propose do not address the
problem. This makes them suspect that
the real purpose of these laws is different from what liberals say it is. I have noticed that whatever the problem
under discussion, the liberal solution is more government power. Liberals have the hammer of big government
imposed solutions, so the whole world gets treated like a nail.