Imagine, if you would, that there were no media outlets other than the types that existed prior to the modern era. So, there would be like three stations on the black and white TV, some newspapers, AM radio and people gossiping... of course.
The school shooting down in Florida would likely show up as a small piece in your local paper, citing the actions of a lunatic. The five o'clock news on TV might also mention it briefly as a terrible event and then would move on. And that would be it. No barrage of 24/7 news coverage, no political leveraging, no social sites all exploiting and blowing up the event beyond all reason. And if that sounds cold, just remember that people are dying all over the world all the time. You might be surprised to lean that yesterday about 55 million died around the world and guess what? That will be the same number today and tomorrow.
The truth is, we all live in a rather violent world. Any time you get more than a few individuals together, disagreements will arise. Given enough people and some time, and a war or two will break out. Natural disasters also take a toll on the population and there is really nothing to be done about that, either. We are born, we all wonder what the heck is happening and then we die....
Until and when some basic human changes take effect over how we all relate to one another, there are going to be problems with some resulting in death. Please understand, I'm not trying to belittle the events that occurred at Parkland. They were truly horrific. But, what does concern me, is the manner in which a few political groups with personal axes to grind, always try to take a disaster and turn it in a manner that will further their party's goals. Such blatant demagoguery only muddies the waters, divides people and never gets to the real cause of the problem. In the case of mentally ill students, stringent gun control measures will all be likely to fail, as a sick mind is often a brilliant mind that will work around any such societal feel good bandages. Screening measures by trained school personnel, site hardening, improved background checks, strong lines of communications and the installing of weapons in the hands of trained teachers all make some common sense to me. Let's fix this problem and then get down to the very serious business of healing the divide that is bringing our great Republic to a virtual standstill..