Is There an End to Mass Shootings?

Thinking for solutions out loud

David O.
5 min readAug 4, 2019


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This is an uncomfortable subject to write about. I won’t try to bore you with all the statistics and analysis paralysis about the issue from the beginning of time. You know what happened. I do too. Let’s talk about answers.

Is it possible for mass shootings to end?

I think the better question is this; what kind of end do we want? Do we want a society restricted and incapacitated or we want a free and morally sound society?

It’s hard to talk about solutions to problems like this without talking about guns. Some would dare say that there wouldn’t be such an incident if there were no guns. That has led to a broad debate in recent years.

On the surface, it seems taking the guns away will solve the problem. But critically, the sad truth is that it won’t. If guns were never invented, it would have been reasonable. But we live in an advanced world already. Someone once mentioned that if guns were confiscated, the good guys will release theirs but the bad guys will keep theirs.

Yes, I know the sight of a gun isn’t funny. I don’t like it myself (except in movies). But certain individuals are used to the life. Restricting the ownership of guns would mean infringing on their freedom. That is a valid point until someone decides to do something stupid with the gun.

A gun is just a tool and a very dangerous tool. The gun doesn’t have a mind of its own. It only does the will of its carrier. So I think we should talk about the carrier.

By the way, are we trying to stop mass shootings specifically or large scale evil acts? This is one thing I feel most of the world doesn’t get. What is the result we want? People talk about mass shootings when it happens and forget about it after a few weeks (until another one happens).

What result do we want to see in the world?

There is something about a problem. Talking about the problem doesn’t produce a solution. Instead, a clear picture of the result we want produces the solutions. The only way to truly stop something is to start something that swallows it up. When we get clarity about the result we want



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