The ultimate problem is relative to the people. Man is a complex creature. We can try our best to keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous individuals, but we can never truly single out every threat. We can monitor prior criminal background, but how many individuals suffer from undiagnosed mental illness and other issues? How can we ensure that weapons, even if legally possessed, won't be stolen or misappropriated further downstream, as seems to be the case in both recent tragedies?
I focus on the adage, “Guns don't kill people; people kill people.” There is no way to adequately regulate insidious character traits that may be quite dynamic and deep-seeded. Even if possible, how much regulation would be enough?
Banner is an attorney at the Oklahoma Legal Group.