Another question to consider is whether our military has sufficient D-cell programs in place. That's for deceleration - the training you're supposed to go thru when you leave the service. It's primarily needed because our military (especially the Marines Corps) are trained to kill easily and without remorse. But it's got to be hard to come home from active duty and just re-insert yourself into normal life. Most veterans don't have issues, of course -- but for some we may not be doing enough.
From what I saw on the news last, this guy enlisted after the Gulf War, was kicked out
in 1998 (given a general discharge and barred from reenlistment so in other words "this guy's a POS who doesn't have any business being here but we don't want to completely destroy his life"), and didn't hold a combat arms MOS. Chances are this guy never saw a second of actual combat and spent more time pushing around papers and lawn mowers than anything else over the course of his military career.
I'd say this most likely has everything to do with him being a racist and little to nothing to do with his Army career.
The problem with these kinds of crimes (and the invariable knee-jerk reaction for stricter gun control) is that nobody says "well... I've got this gun, I guess I might as well go shoot a bunch of people." This man decided he was going to go out and kill a bunch of people and then he sought a means to carry out that crime.
Nothing can really stop a person like this; they are already willing to kill so there aren't many other laws that they aren't willing to break. If said person is bound and determined to use a gun, there is a thriving black market supplying most of our common criminals – what's an illegal gun charge vs. mass murder? But on the other hand if somebody like this decides to get a little bit
creative, there are far more destructive options available to them and many of those options are incredibly easy to put together.
Beware the law of unintended consequences.
Rules are different for dead men
Oh wow, the singing hurts. I imagine his vocal booth as being made of acoustically treated vanity mirrors.