Lot has been said and written about the Virginia shootings. This article by Adam Gopnik is one of the most sensible and to-the-point. Forget about another proof of the folly of America's gun policies, there are even arguments for more relaxed gun laws on basis of this tragedy. It's amazing! According to Gopnik, of the 14 worst mass shootings in the last half-decade, US saw seven. Still the trend in the country seems to be toward more relaxed gun control. A recent decision by federal appeals court in Washington D.C. struck down a law which prohibited residents to keep a handgun at home.
Gopnik is optimistic things will change at some future point.
There is no reason that any private citizen in a democracy should own a handgun. At some point, that simple truth will register.