Scoot: Will KISS member’s plea to stop mass shootings work?

September 03, 2019 - 2:56 pm

Following another mass shooting over Labor Day weekend, Paul Stanley of KISS tweeted out of deep frustration:

Stanley also expressed the idea that there are not more “crazy” or “mentally unstable” people in the U.S. but mass shootings have become commonplace. Stanley asked for someone to tell him what we and our government can do to reduce the possibility of mass shootings. He said, “Prayers and sympathy are not enough.”

Seven people were killed and over 20 injured in that mass shooting in Texas.

President Trump expressed interest in working with a divided Congress to “stop the menace of mass attacks.” The President admitted that the idea of working to “eliminate” mass shootings is unrealistic.  He said that stronger background checks would not have prevented the mass shootings and said he hopes to have a package ready to present Congress when it returns next week.

The gunman in the mass shooting in Midland/Odessa, Texas failed a background check and authorities are trying to determine how he obtained the AR-style rifle used in the attack.

Paul Stanley is right to ask “who has an answer,” and President Trump is right to express an openness to work with BOTH parties to find a way to reduce the number of mass shootings.  However, I do not believe there are any immediate answers for Paul Stanley, and I am not sure what legislation will curb this frightening new mass shooting trend. I certainly hope there is an answer and legislation that can do something to change the course of recent gun violence history.

The mass shooting in Texas over the weekend came less than a month after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. Frustration over recent mass shootings is justified, but solutions will not be easy to find.

I agree with President Trump when he said that the gun doesn’t pull the trigger – it is an individual’s mind that pulls the trigger. Our collective frustration has led to desperation and that leads to grasping for any solution – even if it is not the right solution.

It would be easier if stricter gun control would solve the problem, but it won’t. Stronger background checks would keep guns out of the hands of some people, but when we hear about the motives behind mass shootings we also come to understand the solid resolve these gunmen possess. The gunmen as so focused on carrying out their evil intentions that detailed planning goes into most mass shootings. That tells me that the resolve to carry out these atrocities is stronger than any laws that might prohibit the legal acquisition of a firearm.

The conversation about mental health needs is positive, but I have yet to hear anything that even borders on a definite path to change.

America is the product of gratification-oriented society. We have come to expect whatever we desire in every area of life. I am convinced that our collective demand for gratification is contributing to the mentality that supports most mass shootings. Mass shootings are often the manifestation of a strong impulse to right a wrong and to do so in a tragic spree of killing that gives the shooter the notion that he will somehow be remembered as the victim.

It has been the policy on my radio show for over a year now to not use the shooter’s name in talking about mass shootings. Of course, the shooter doesn’t know I’m doing that – but if a trend developed that would mute the name of any and all mass shooters – perhaps future mass shooters would come to realize that their evil intent to gain notoriety through a mass shooting is not longer possible.

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