My elevator speech to end gun violence.
Self-defense is a right of any civilized and peaceful culture.
We delegate the authority of that to our military and police and if it falls on an individual we have a court system to determine that it was self-defense.
Those systems fail to prevent all violence because it would require a police state with constant surveillance to reduce crime to zero. And we know from experience that results in crimes being perpetrated by the authorities themselves, so we try to find a balance.
It then falls on individuals to defend and protect themselves in certain situations, or community watch groups, or just knowing your neighbors. If those individuals start escalating their weapons, they get the same problems that the police state has.
The answer is to reduce the need for someone to steal or to use violence in any way to get what they think is justice. We need to increase the recognition and care for people who feel disaffected and are prepared to kill to make their point. If someone is able to speak freely and is getting compensated fairly for their contribution to the whole, they don’t have the need to lash out at anything.