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This shooting incident is likely to bring up the topic of gun regulations again. President Obama has taken this chance to push for more action on that topic, claiming that "somehow this has become routine... We've become numb to this." "This" refers to his response, the media's response, the response of opponents of gun regulations, and more importantly, the response of the people (or lack thereof). It is likely that this shooting will just become one of the many shootings of this year that will have no significant response. Furthermore, if this problem is not addressed this time around, when the next shooting comes around (which it will), the aftermath will be another case of rinse and repeat. You would think that by repeatedly seeing mass shootings, people would be more inclined to enact stricter gun regulations to protect the public, or even just themselves.
I believe that the fundamental problem in our nation's ability to protect its citizens is allowing guns to be so readily available in the first place. However, in order for change to occur, people who oppose stronger gun regulation need to realize that letting everyone have guns to protect themselves doesn't necessarily mean everyone will take the chance to do so. In fact, solving this issue of frequent violence by advocating for a solution that creates even more violence is certainly not the answer.
With that said, do you believe that in the wake of this shooting, people will be ready to start answering to calls for stronger gun regulation? Or if this incident is not "motivating" enough, when do you believe people will deem this issue as pressing enough to start acting?