I read about the tragedy in Connecticut yesterday. It happened the day before yesterday and was yet another case of an unarmed crowd falling prey to a shooter. Fewer might have died if everyone was well prepared. And what is an overwhelming response from the public petitioning the White House? Disarm the victims (criminals and murderers will always get a gun irrespective of whether its possession is legal or not so making guns illegal means just that - disarming the victims). Among all the petitions demanding stripping citizens of their right to possess and carry weapons (with over a hundred thousand signatures) the only voice of reason was the one here: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/gun-every-classroom-arm-every-teacher-and-principal-defend-themselves-and-their-students-during/BR1Wj8cc - this one signed by just three thousand people.
That's a difference of two orders of magnitude in favour of irrational fears and wishful thinking. What world are we creating?
The only sustainable solution for this (vide Connecticut) and related problems is for the system to stop turning people into helpless victims and start producing self-realized healthy human beings. And part of being a self-realized human being is to be able to take responsibility for your own life and safety (and lives and safety of those around you). Being able to fight for survival is part of our biological legacy. It is part of being complete and this part of human development is as important as developing one's mind, body and spirit.
How can we have a healthy and thriving society without that? How can one help and care for others if one cannot even help and care for themselves (and it is not only about weapons and fighting but also other skills like first aid)? How much better the world could be if everyone around you would be a self-realized, fully-developed and independent human being not only capable of caring for themselves but also for those around who are in need of help? Instead, we now live in a society, where we are not those magnificent beings we could be. We are sheep. We are consumers. We have outsourced most parts of our lives including our safety, survival and independent thinking. Someone is being attacked? Stay away and let the police come and save them (no, really, stay away and do not try to fight off the aggressor or you may get arrested and go to prison... the system is jealous about its power and control). Someone has been injured and is bleeding heavily? You don't know how to help them so move along and let the health care system save the victim. It is not a healthy situation. It is not a sustainable society.
Another thing which comes to mind is the fact that probably the first thing every totalitarian regime does is to take weapons away from the people. The next thing is usually putting heavy sanctions on the very right to fight / defend yourself and others which makes people defenceless and unwilling to help each other (and thus breaks bonds between human beings which further protects the system as it is no longer "the people versus the system" - instead it is "a lonely and thus helpless individual versus the system"). The same seems to apply to fortified bureaucracies and police/corporate-controlled states for which we are just inventory which needs to be policed. The system does not want self-realized citizens - they do not live in fear and are capable of survival on their own which makes them difficult to control. What the system wants is a herd of humble serfs living in fear and co-dependence. Depending on the system not only for your well-being but for your very survival. Of course protection the system gives you in exchange for your compliance is largely an illusion. The system cannot protect you and we just saw it again (for a thousand time) in Connecticut - only you can protect yourself and, ultimately, it is only you who is responsible for your own safety and survival. If only you haven't outsourced that responsibility long time ago and thus became incapable of surviving when the need comes. Well, at least you will have some part of the system (e.g. the police) take care of the scene and your earthly remains after you have failed the survival test and, as in Connecticut, produce some explanation of what happened so that the rest of the herd can feel that illusion of being safe again.