There are lots of ideas floating around on how to prevent mass shootings. The latest wild idea – based on the report that Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard gunman, spent a lot of time playing video games – comes from “Fox and Friends'” Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
“What about frequency testing? How often has this game been played?” Hasselbeck asked. “Maybe there’s – and I’m not one to say get in there and monitor everything – but if this indeed is a strong link to mass killings, then why aren’t we looking at frequency of purchases per person? And also how often they’re playing? Maybe they time out after a certain hour on this.”
Keep track of how much you play. Hmmm. How do we know they aren’t already doing that?
I think the main problem here is that as a society we don’t really care who buys a gun, and even if we did, the expenses of really diving into every gun buyer’s past behavior the way we’re now investigating Aaron Alexis would be huge.
My idea is simple, and based on the fact that Alexis, like a lot of angry people, will often do something stupid with a gun before they commit mass murder.
Anybody who shoots out tires, or fires a gun into a ceiling is fingerprinted and goes on a NO BUY list so he can’t buy a gun anywhere.
We also surgically splint his trigger finger so he can’t curl it enough to fire a weapon.
No gun control, just people control. Problem solved.
KIRO Radio’s Owen Murphy contributed to this report.