The following is not something I copied. These are my opinions written at 4am because the safety of my children is something that keeps me up at night.
Our nation has a few large problems, mental health, school security, and gun violence. The combination of these problems has proven time and again to be disastrous. Here is my proposal to address the problems because DOING NOTHING IS THE WRONG ANSWER.
1. Mental Healthcare should be free to anyone who wishes to receive it.
Hospitals should be required to provide mental health and counseling services for free to uninsured in the same way they are required to treat all patients who walk into the ER. They would be required to absorb these treatment costs in the same way they currently have to write off uninsured/unpaying patients.
2. An improved mental health and counseling service should be federally mandated in our schools.
Students should be required to spend 5 minutes a day talking to a counselor. This would serve two purposes. First it would allow students to vocalize their issues and hopefully resolve them prior to letting the issues come to a boiling point where they feel the need to injure other students. Second, it allows counselors an opportunity to identify at risk students who need further treatment, and notify parents to get them involved. See http://soe.syr.edu/academic/counseling_and_human_services/modules/Violence_Prevention/prevent_violence_counselors.aspx for further information.
3. School funding should be increased to provide enhanced security
This would include potentially hiring security personnel, installing metal detectors, and installing other monitoring and surveillance technology. This would have to be funded by a tax increase, but certainly it would be worth it.
4. Firearm ownership should be treated like vehicle ownership
All firearms should be required to be numbered and registered with the government in a similar way that you register a vehicle. This will help all firearm owners to do the things good firearm owners do.
In order to register a firearm an individual should be required to provide certification of training to operate said firearm (similar to a driver's test/training).
In order to register a firearm an owner should provide proof of ownership of a gun safe, too many of todays injuries are caused due to unsecured firearms.
In order to register a firearm an owner should provide proof of insurance - firearms should require an insurance policy similar to cars due to the damage they can cause to others and oneself.
These three requirements would make gun ownership a serious consideration due to the time and cost involved, instead of it being the casual purchase it currently is.
Purchasing of ammunition should require the user to present the proposed government issued license. This is what will cause owners to want to license their firearms. This is also what would help control a black market for ammunition. Excessive purchasing can be tracked and red flags can be raised. Ammunition sellers should be required to keep it in a safe to curb theft.
Good, law abiding citizens should not have any issue complying with the rules listed above to retain their current gun ownership privileges. It seems to me that these requirements would make it more difficult for criminals (and idiots) to obtain weapons and ammunition. And force all firearm owners to take their ownership seriously.
While this proposal certainly isn't an overnight answer I think it would make strides in improving our country's current issues. If these proposals would prevent even one more school massacre or cop dying in the line of duty, then I think it is worth it. You may not agree with all of the proposals I’ve mentioned above, but please remember that DOING NOTHING IS THE WRONG ANSWER.