Are mass shootings merely the result of lax gun laws or is mass-murder a symptom to a deep problem in society? Can the issue of gun violence be addressed without any consideration of the culture from which it emerges?
In 2018, Matt Bevin, the Governor of Kentucky answered those very questions, when he said:
“The idea this issue is able to be solved with a single law, or a rule, or change, is naive and delusional. And so, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to entertain naive and delusional thoughts. It is part of a broader construct…
“If we think that a part of what we are seeing is not a cultural problem, we’re kidding ourselves. And the point that I’ve made is this, what has shifted in the last 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 years? … When I was a kid, kids brought guns to school. Kids brought guns on the school bus. Kids brought guns to school in their own vehicles. Kids didn’t shoot each other.”
So, what’s changed?