First of all, forget all the bloviating about “We need stronger gun laws!” The shooter broke how many laws today? And do you think he’d have hesitated even for one instant to break a few more, if necessary? The gun genie is out of the bag. There are literally hundreds of millions of firearms in circulation in the USA, and no government edict is going to get them out of circulation. Law-abiding and criminal alike will unite in civil disobedience to any edict attempting to disarm them. That dog won’t hunt. Period.
Second, if you trust your safety and security to the existence of so-called ‘gun free zones’, you’re insane. Criminals don’t obey laws. That’s what makes them criminals. The shooter today took firearms into a ‘gun free zone’ without anything to stop him. If you’re forced to go into or through, study or work in, or are affected by, such ‘gun free zones’, I can only recommend in the strongest possible terms that you take immediate steps to improve your security. I can’t publicly recommend that you break the law and carry a gun . . . but if I had to live, or work, or study in such a zone, I know what I’d do.
Best of all? Get the heck out of such zones and never go back. A university won’t allow legal concealed carry of defensive weapons? Look into online study, with as short a period as possible spent on a physical campus – and ask about security measures to protect students while they’re there. If security is inadequate, complain about it – LOUDLY – and continue to complain until something is done about it. A store or shopping mall doesn’t allow firearms? Don’t shop there. An employer forbids the carrying of personal weapons in your car on company property? Start looking for another job with a more understanding employer. Are you in a job (e.g. pizza delivery driver, etc.) where the risk to your safety from criminals is high, but your employer forbids you to be armed? Decide for yourself whether you’re going to obey your employer, and if possible find a less restrictive job.
This will happen again. It’ll continue to happen as long as bad people continue to exist. The only sure cure for a deranged gunman trying to kill innocent people is that same gunman, dead on the floor, killed by his intended victims before he could harm them.
That’s the way it is.