Yes, now is precisely the time to talk about gun control.
How does a person slowly sinking into the world of madness and schizoid delusion get a hold of so many guns? Why do we allow this to happen? Why what are we going to do about it?
I say a gun is a powerful tool - you don't just hand them out like lollipops. Before you can legally get behind the wheel of a car, our society has collectively decided that you need some training. Then you need to be tested on that training. And if you flunk that testing, you can come back later and try again. But you don't get the license until we as a society have determined that you are safe to operate a ton of steel. That giant machine isn't designed to kill, but it could kill or do tragic damage if not operated safely. We all easily agree that you don't just jump behind the wheel.
Why in the world do we let just anyone have a gun?
Now before anyone goes all bat-shit crazy on me about the supposed link between gun control and fascism, understand I'm not saying keep people from owning guns. I come from a long line of hunters and I enjoy shooting some clay pigeons now and then. What I'm saying is let's get some powerful programs that keep them in the hands of safe, sane, educated gun owners.
Rule #1 - no more gun shows. I can't have a "liquor show" here in Minnesota because liquor sales are controlled by law. Liquor has indirectly killed plenty of people, many of them innocent, but not directly. Yet we are still OK with regulating it without screaming that our "rights" to alcohol are being trampled.
Rule #2 - put a ton of money behind treatment and research for mental illness. Have lots of resources for folks slipping into delusion, including safe havens to live for as long as they need it. Have a way to give them support. And especially find a way to keep them away from weapons and explosives, such as daily visits at their home by a social worker. Yeah it's going to fit right into their paranoid delusions but at least scores of innocent people can keep on living.
Rule #3 - mandatory gun safety training, testing, AND passing before you can get your hands on a gun. You can't teach Kindergarten without 4 years of training, and your license can be revoked for illegal behavior. Yet no one screams that their "right" to teach Kindergarten is being infringed. We all accept that something as seemingly innocuous as teaching 5-year-olds can't be trusted to just anyone.
Rule #4 - allow random checks by trained authorities to make sure you are storing your gun safely and properly. Three strikes and that gun is destroyed. If you own a restaurant in America, you must pass multiple and random inspections by the Health Department. If they find something amiss or unsafe, you get a hefty fine. If it's really egregious you are shut down. And no one screams about their "rights". In fact, we all like that someone is taking a peek in that kitchen now and then.
Rule #5 - allow the manufacture of gun safety locks that can only be opened by the owner's password or fingerprint or whatever. Mandate that all gun owners buy one and use it. We all agree that seat belts in cars and life jackets in boats are necessary safety equipment, and that a fine will be issued if you aren't wearing one.
Rule #6 - repeal all conceal and carry laws. They're just stupid. If you have a license to carry that gun, put it out in the open where we all can see it and stay the hell away.
Rule #7 - this isn't a rule, just an observation. The chance that an actual intruder will enter your home, and that you will safely defend your family with that gun is rather minuscule. Scary? You bet. But statistically it's a very slim chance it'll ever happen. However the chance that the very same gun will accidentally hurt or kill someone in your family is HUGE. So why would you invited a blood-thirsty murdering machine into your home to protect you from a whisper? That's insane.