The scene starts to become familiar: An adolescent male diagnosed with a mental disorder who is on prescription medication and who often is described as a lone nutter, goes to a school or another gathering place of youngsters and kills a significant number of them before eventually killing himself. After that, the entire nation and pretty much the entire Western world reacts with a flood of strong emotions and a sense of growing insecurity regarding the safety of not only themselves, but also of their precious children. A seemingly emotional speech by the country’s president and a touching X Factor tribute to the victims of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings only fuel the perception of the ubiquitous presence of psychopathic individuals who are about to mass wound and mass kill in formerly safe environments.
As a result of the emotional trauma that is inflicted upon those who witnessed, heard or read about the horrific killing of children, the call for gun laws in the United States has become louder and louder last weeks and the debate on the topic has become more intense than ever. Some say that if schools would have access to weapons they would become a safer place for that reason, while others say that the free ability of weapons is the problem. Continue reading