While I do believe that we should have some forms of gun control (I think guns should be licensed, registered, and insured like cars, frankly), I think the problem is there are only really two things ever discussed with these tragedies:
1.) Strict gun control
2.) Bad-faith and vague suggestions like “mental health” and “arming teachers” that are offered just to act like something’s being done and yet nobody is actually doing them
Similar to how I think the American Right tends to ignore any possible ways to combat abortion that don’t involve electing Republicans, I don’t think the American Left is as big on solutions to gun violence that don’t involve electing Democrats. So the conversation is just about limiting access to guns, because that gets voters to the polls.
I think we miss a very big step in the whole process: How are young folks getting these guns in the first place? A vast majority of them are stolen and/or belong to their parent(s). This isn’t just school shootings, but also suicide and gang violence (which has a very high body count, far exceeding mass shootings). It doesn’t apply to legal adult shooters, but one of the best things we can do is make sure that if someone owns a gun, that gun does not end up in the wrong hands.
A simple one is lock up your guns. Unloaded. Stored separately from ammunition. If it’s your own house, you’ll be able to unlock it easily. But thieves or curious/malicious children would not be able to. A lot of parents do not do this (I say this as a pediatrician), and this leads to a lot of deaths. Also, the number one place guns are stolen from is vehicles. Do not bring your gun with you in a car unless you bring it on your person. If you can’t do that, don’t bring your gun in the first place. If you absolutely have to, you can get gun safes for cars.
I am okay with regulating these with laws. Responsible gun owners are not a threat to public health and safety, but as soon as a responsible gun owner’s gun is stolen, it is everyone’s problem. My propositions are thus:
1.) Owners of guns are partially liable for crimes committed with those guns, even if they did not commit them.
2.) It’s legal to have a gun with you, but it is not legal to leave it in a car. Possibly exceptions can be made for safes that cannot be removed from the car.
3.) Cheap gun locks to be given out for free to anyone who needs them. Exempt gun safes and similar from sales tax and possible offer a subsidy.