So when you tell me that owning a gun requires an explicit background check, I don't really fucking believe you.
HOWEVER, I find the systemic conversation re: mental health to be equally problematic, because it offers an excuse for this behavior. Mental illness is a huge deal and needs to be treated as such, but it shouldn't be our go-to debate every time some MAN decides to murder people. It's insulting to those living with mental illnesses, as if to say we are all loose cannons and that the real problem is our brains, and not the life-ending weapons in our hands.
I found this article to be especially chilling:
"There is no reason that any private citizen in a democracy should own a handgun," he wrote. "At some point, that simple truth will register. Until it does, phones will ring for dead children, and parents will be told not to ask why."