The issue of gun violence in American schools is one easily overcome. Not by running around taking guns away from people, but by changing how we approach education itself.
Here is how I would approach the problem:
1: A permanent ban on any weapon that can or has been altered to fire more than one bullet each time a trigger is pulled. This includes modifications such as bump stocks, or semi-automatic rifles (the latter of which can be easily altered to create fully automatic rifles by any idiot with a few tools and a little time.)
2: All education (starting from seventh grade onwards) is delivered digitally. It is very hard to shoot at twenty kids in a classroom if you can’t find a classroom full of 20 kids who are large enough to easily target.
a) Aerogel should also be a substance required for use in the doors of all buildings.
3: All desks for students who are K-6th grade are replaced with desks made of aerogel. This is a material that is very light, yet strong as steel. In the event of an emergency, students could use them as shields. Even if they are injured by the impact of a bullet on the outside of their desk, that is certainly better than death.
4: A mandatory law which permits police to confiscate and store all firearms from any person charged with instigating domestic violence against their assault until that person has completed not less than 10 hours of anger management therapy, though some state or local authorities may wish to require more.
This is to provide a cooling off period. Statistics show that most people who use firearms against their spouse or turn them against other people do so following a violent altercation with their spouse or significant other.
Taking their guns away until they’ve had a chance to cool down and address their anger is a common-sense way to stop the violence before it happens. Once they do, give them their guns back. In the case of any doubt, it is better a police officer errs on the side of caution than someone die for the right of a violently angry person to have access to a deadly weapon.
5: Any person released from a mental institution who has emotional or psychological issues which contribute to violent ideation while not on medication should be barred from having access to firearms unless and until a cure is discovered, proven, and applied in their case.
6: Unless actual need involving life or limb is proven in court, any person convicted of a crime involving firearms should be banned from owning one for life.
I think that these steps would eliminate, or greatly reduce mass shootings in the United States.
Note: A public relations campaign glorifying the use of bows and arrows would also help. If Hollywood made more films glorifying hero’s who beat the bad guys using a bow and fewer films about hero’s who used machine guns, kids would naturally gravitate towards the bow.
For the record…trying to hit anything besides the broad side of a barn with a bow takes a hell of a lot of practice with a bow. So… claiming an “accidental shooting” would not be a valid defense in court.