Shaun Randol interviews Paul M. Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun about mass shootings and America’s gun culture. It’s a sane and interesting discussion that’s well worth a read. The interview begins:
Shaun Randol: Can we take the “mass” out of “mass shootings”?
Paul Barrett: The frequency of mass, random shootings has increased in recent decades, and I don’t think any serious social analysts or psychologists have a good explanation for that. Short of true police state security in public spaces, which we’re not likely to move toward outside of airports and federal government buildings, I don’t see how anyone can say we’ll never have another one of these events.
We have a large country with hundreds of millions of firearms in private hands and disturbed people in the population. With that combination you’re going to see these events.