Yesterday all too familiar news broke about another mass shooting. This time at a high school in Florida. This morning the alleged shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder.
We may learn more in the coming weeks about why Cruz did this. It’s unlikely, given that he’s still alive, that Cruz’s motives will be as inaccessible as those of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock. They could be as inscrutable as those of Tucson shooter Jared Loughner.
What’s very likely is that Cruz’s motivations will be pretty unique to Cruz, and that’s an important thing to remember as we talk about these mass shootings as an issue plaguing America.
The debate around these incidents turns, inevitably and fruitlessly, to gun control. But access to guns in America is hardly a modern phenomena. The frequency of this type of carnage is.