There are few tragedies more harrowing and heartbreaking than school shootings, as the whole nation was reminded in the wake of the recent events in Parkland, Florida.
Attempts to offer blanket solutions to mitigate the risks of school shootings ring hollow. There is simply no one-size-fits-all answer. Are there reasonable policy changes at the state and federal level that could prevent someone who shouldn’t own a gun from getting their hands on one? Possibly. Are there gaps in the mental health system that fail to help sick people get access to the care they need? Certainly. Are there preventative measures that schools and other public institutions could take to shift them from “soft” targets to “hard” targets. Definitely.