America was founded on our ability to outgun the Brittish and Native Americans. We are rebels, wary of government, and many want the ability to overthrow it if it were to become like Syria, Egypt, or North Korea. Oh, the Army may have nuclear weapons , drones, and more powerful ammunition, but we have masses. It is engrained in our society that one is free if one can fight (and win) over government. Yes, we are made up of a bunch of lone cowboys. The socialist perspective that has overtaken our country along with the fiscal cliff and talk of a 'one world' government is also fuel to the back of American's minds. It's not that socialism is bad, it's that we fear individual rights to change the government could be thwarted. Hence, more fuel to the notion that the individual right to bear arms is intrinsicly linked to freedom.
If Victoria, Austrailia can have a "Working With Children" act that allows the government to prescreen those who work with kids; why can't we have mental health checks for those who own a gun? HIPPA, my big, fat white butt. If Army bases and airports can have check points with armed guards, then why not every school fence have a post as well? Budget concerns? My big, fat, white butt. Let's transfer the vast school board 'administrative staffers' to a post outside each school. That would be value added.
Why does Hollywood, the most liberal of all, make and allow violent movies? All those who buy them, where are their priorities? Why do gaming companies make and allow violent video games? All those who buy them for their kids or allow them in their house, where are their priorities? Think about it, the mass murders have happened in the last few decades - with the advancement of ever increasing violent movies and video games. Columbine was the first, in 1989. We had guns for centuries, but school shootings are a current problem. You allow children to view/play violence and it numbs them to it. And, then the "grown ups" wonder, 'How could this happen?'
The shooter was an avid gamer, in a basement idolyzing army/guns/violence. He was into all black/goth, mental problems, couldn't feel physical pain, etc. Why did his mother allow the guns & violent games? To appease him?
We have alot more people then Great Brittain, Japan, and China. We have more hardcore nutjobs playing/watching violence.