Interesting in the second link the guy was framing the debate entirely in spree killings (and openly admits that there are lots of spree killings that don’t use guns).
Of course the missing bit is armed self-defense.
You support total and draconian gun control you CAN eliminate many of these high-profile spree killings from the news (seriously are any of the mass-stabbings in China that happen very frequently making the national news?) but at the expense of more pedestrian violent crime which of course is on the rise in all of these gun-banning countries.
Essentially you’re saving the lives of dozens at the expense of HUNDREDS. But if you’re a vocal supporter of gun control, we all know only “Gun Deaths” count.
That guy in the second link is apparently very bad at his chosen field. If you don’t realize that when you search for a particular set of circumstances, you find it everywhere, they you are not a serious researcher. Mass killings are not new, and they are not cultural. They are not caused by media, or by a “cultural script” and they are not new or unique throughout human history. The thing that is new is that technology has allowed humans with an interest in killing to effectively do so without years of serious training and without partners. In the past, people needed to be parts of groups of like minded people to do these things, but now, you can use guns or bombs or inflammable compounds or cars or whatever, but the idea that there was never a time when a loony would come flying out of the trees and stab a bunch of people in a field or on a wooded path with a spear and then run away strikes me as absurd. These things have always happened, and the word we currently use to explain it is psychosis, but it used to simply be called EVIL.