Argument: “It’s not the guns. Sick people will find ways to hurt people regardless. This is about mental health.” Let’s examine why this is blatant flawed reasoning. First, just because violence is a human constant doesn’t mean we shouldn’t act to mitigate it and access to the tools used to carry it out. Second, yes, the trigger was pulled by a human but if the human didn’t have access to the gun, this wouldn’t have happened. Again. Third, the idea that this is a mental health issue is what’s called a red-herring, an appeal to flawed logic that distracts from the larger issue at hand. Is there a mental health crisis in America? You bet. Does it need attention? More than ever. Is it tied to mass shootings? Of course. Does that mean that we shouldn’t legislate to mitigate access to firearms? Are you fucking kidding me? Excuse me but duh. Of course we should. There is exactly zero evidence that indicates that more firearms in public leads to safety. ZERO. There is however considerable, proven, and repeatable data that shows that more guns lead to more violence. The fact that we are tone deaf to mass shootings is more an indication of mental illness than anything else. If this continues to happen and we continue to have the same debate without action, if we refuse to try a different way, we are acting irrationally. We are complicit if we refuse to look at facts in favor of antiquated laws. This is NOT political. There is nothing political about following facts to arrive at a logical conclusion...a conclusion that will lead to a safer population. Let go of right and left, blue and red and arrive at history, fact, and investment in our children and future.