There is an excellent debate in the comments at Comrade Misfit's place, about what do to about mass shootings. I particularly like her proposal to restrict the first amendment (it's at least trying to address the "copy cat" issue).
But as enjoyable as the debate is (it's intelligent and respectful; that's quite a salon she hosts over there), the whole premise is flawed. There's nothing that you can do to stop mass shootings. That's a pessimistic premise, but it's true. The United States isn't the top of the list for mass shootings, not even close. The top five countries for mass shootings all have much more restrictive gun control laws that are on the books here.
It's a seductive mirage, the idea that smart people implementing smart policy can eliminate (or even reduce) horrible events. But unless everyone else in the world is a dummy - and the people proposing "solutions" are the only smart people around - then why would anyone think that the new proposals will work where everything has failed before? The failures have been global in scope, across different societies. The failures have been total.
Or maybe Mitch McConnell is an actual Philosopher King and his nifty new gun control proposals (due out next month, we're told) are just the tick to World Peace. That would sure be something.
But maybe he's just a run of the mill idiot, like most of the folks proposing things that have been tried in various forms around the world, and come up empty time and time again. Maybe the world is a lot more complex and unpredictable, maybe human psyche is a deep - and sometimes dark - well of unknowable. Maybe the smartest thing that we could do is to not do something stupid. After all, a lot that seems intelligent is actually pretty stupid.
Nah. Cocaine Mitch is on it. The future's so bright, we have to wear shades. All is for the best in the best of all possible policy proposals.