People only focus on the "mass shootings" because they're highly-publicized.
People generally don't focus on the day-to-day violence that occurs in poor parts of every city in America that accounts for the insane crime numbers
and overall murder rate because that violence is not highly-publicized.
People don't focus on the stories of people defending themselves from harm with a lawfully-carried gun because those stories are not
The media controls your perceptions unless you do your own research.
If the violent crime committed by gangs and poor people, primarily poor black people, was removed from the equation, the US would have a "normal"
murder rate right in line with the rest of the first world.
The issues are poverty and the culture that has embraced crime as a way to cope with poverty. People who are able to provide for themselves with a
decent job generally don't steal and/or sell drugs.
The media has decided to ignore the issue of crime among poor black communities so they shift the attention to gun control and mental health because
those issues can't be construed as racist.
As long as we aren't willing to talk about the primary causes of crime and murder in the US, the problem will only get worse. The publicized "mass
shootings" are a drop in the bucket comparatively and very difficult to combat because nobody wants to say "this guy seems nuts and probably needs to
be locked up."
Ultimately, political correctness is responsible for our problems because we refuse to even talk about the true causes lest we "offend" someone.
Don't assume that I'm saying the problem is with black people. The problem is with poverty and, unfortunately, there are numerous black communities
that have been subjugated and "swept under the rug" because no one wants to address their problems.
Wealth inequality, joblessness, social handouts enabling joblessness, and a culture of disregard for the covenants of a polite society are the root
causes of America's crime/murder problem.
edit on 8/31/2015 by Answer because: (no reason given)