The real story shouldn’t be about guns, but about mental health. Clearly more work needs to be done to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill, but this is just symptomatic of our society’s poor handling of mental illness – the systems which treated such having been eviscerated decades ago (for some legitimate reasons) and never rebuilt. Connecticut’s gun laws did in fact stop the killer from buying weapons, but he was able to get them from elsewhere.
Meanwhile, another shooter in a different city was confronted after only killing two people by a concealed carry holder, who stopped him. And we see this pattern all the time elsewhere. People don’t stop mass-murderers. People with guns do.
Mass-murderers aside, the rush to politicize the tragedy is always most publicly espoused by zealots who are protected by armed guards, and who currently have a history of giving guns to drug cartels to try to prove the case for banning guns. And it not only has nothing to do with the guns used, but is irrational: Chicago has an equivalent massacre of killings every few days from their crime rate, despite some of the harshest gun laws in the country – and lest you say that’s because the gun laws aren’t national: Britain banned guns, and their gun crime rate went up 89%. Australia saw similar effects. The math is simple: gun laws keep guns out of the hands of citizens who aren’t breaking the law anyway, and result in simply hoping that good wishes and love will protect our children from the bad people.