The debate over gun control was well under way before the massacre Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Conn.
It gathered steam in the hours after the shootings that claimed 28, most of them children under age 10.
But aside from guns, what else is at the root of the violence that’s becoming more common?
Well, a timeline published Friday by The Associated Press starts at the bottom with the infamous 1966 slayings of 16 people from the clock tower at the University of Texas. The shooter, Charles Whitman, became a household name.
Then several years pass before you have a couple more mass killings: one at a McDonald’s in California, 1984; and then the Killeen Luby’s massacre in 1991.
There are a couple more in 1996 and then — BAM! — in 1999 we get the Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo.
The list grows tremendously after the turn of the century: Virginia Tech in 2007; Fort Hood, 2009; the shooting in Tucson of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others, 2011; The Aurora, Colo., movie theater last July; and now Friday’s carnage in Connecticut.
And to all this, we ask, why?
Why do we have so many people — most of them young men — who haven’t enough soul to decide right from wrong and act out in violent and unrestrained manners?
Too many video games?
A society that has trouble with absolutes?
Easy access to guns?
All of these? None?
Then weigh in.
-- Bill Miller