cityguy39 saidI went to Northern my freshman year in 1983 that was a fantastic year for me there, it really makes me sad to see the turn this country is taking. I think everyone has the right to go about their daily lives without having to worry about if your going to be shot or not. What is going to end up happing is that we will end up like London with cameras on every corner and every building with metal detectors. It makes no sense.
I just got a news flash, 5 of the shooting victims have died!
You say 'end up like London'; I think it would be a good idea to emulate England in some regards. Citizens are not allowed to have guns, for the most part, and they have a very low rate of gun incidences. Secondly, they have cameras everywhere not so much to monitor, but in case something does happen, like the terrorist attacks in their Underground a couple years ago, they have hard evidence.
Also, going out and killing people in public, in my opinion, goes way beyond low self esteem and 'copy-catting', these people have a psychological condition. This outlines the bigger problem in the US as to how many people should be treated for these conditions, but never even get diagnosed. And the ones that do get diagnosed often deny treatment due to the condition and the cost.
England has an interesting approach in this regard. First, free health care, which I am not advocating or rejecting, that treats these people. And second, they have made it very difficult to acquire a gun, therefore something like this would be premeditated rather than heat of the moment. Thus for someone with a mental condition, this could be the difference between open firing on campus due to a hormonal imbalance that morning(for example) and doing something much less extreme.