We had many guns decades ago (anyone could get them), yet very few mass shootings. WHY?
That is a very good and stimulating thread.
A definitive explanation would be difficult but I feel it's worth trying to examine some of the possibilities.
With the U.S.A., pretty much the world's dominant military and industrial power no nation has openly declared war on us since WW2.
There has been no serious common enemy for the nation to unite against so the domestic political disputes are perceived by many as a form of warfare.
The political rhetoric between the two main parties has become more vicious and this combined with the genuine fear created by the endless stream of illegal immigrants has polarized large sections of the nation.
The serious problems which the extreme elements of both the radical left and the extreme right are causing needs to be addressed urgently with the strong personalities of both the major parties being seen together reconciling their differences and presenting themselves *as one united voice in a spirit of compromise and goodwill.
THE CONTINUING GREATNESS OF THE UNITED STATES of AMERICA IS BIGGER, AND SIGNIFICANTLY MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CURRENT ''HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW EGOTISTICAL POLITICIANS'' AND THEIR PERSONAL VENDETTAS.
We will not see a change in these extremist Democrats until the people stop electing them.
If the people told them they will no longer vote for them until they stop playing identity politics, and obstructing what Americans actually want.
We don't want No Restriction abortions!
We don't want open borders!
We don't want to pay for No Restriction abortions!
We don't want dysfunctional boys, who think they are girls, in our daughter's sports!
Until these low end voters stop putting these corrupt fools in office, there will never be a change.
I fully agree with your sentiments on the range of issues you listed.
I am suggesting that the warring factions should try to find some common ground and publicly, accentuate their areas of agreement in an atmosphere of harmony and camaraderie.
The nation is pulling itself apart and in the process countless innocent people, young and old are being slaughtered over ideologies which could be temporarily placed well down the priority list until some semblance of national unity is achieved.
Abortions were illegal in the past, and another possible reason why life was held in higher regard.
Drugs were not so easily available in the past.
It does not take rocket science to understand the changes taking place in America's culture today, but all we hear about are guns!
I'm still waiting for someone to explain this phenomenon of a Gun being the reason why people decide to mass murder complete strangers.
If the gun was not causing this phenomenon decades ago, why would it be the cause today?
They had far fewer restrictions on gun sales decades ago... AND NO MASS SHOOTINGS!
They have far more gun restrictions today... AND WE HAVE MASS SHOOTINGS!