- These incidents often lead governments and other authorities to the knee-jerk reaction of more stringent regulations on firearms. This seems counter-intuitive. Laws are followed by law abiding people (the ones who were killed by the shooter--since they were following the law, they were not armed) but they aren't followed by the killers who, um, usually acquire guns illegally in order to go on their killing rampages.
- Random shootings are by nature, random, so there is no way to know such an event is going to happen.
- I think everyone should be armed. Mass shootings usually happen at locations where the shooter knows that people won't be armed such as at schools. This makes all of these people sitting ducks for some psychopathic killer.
- After researching ways to prevent mass shootings, I found basically no concrete information on how to defend against and/or prevent these incidents. Seeking help for those who have expressed a desire to kill and preventing bullying were suggested but many people don't come in contact with the shooter until the incident is happening so preemptive steps are kind of a mute point.
- Having not experienced such a situation and having no real experience in this area, I nonetheless take some precautions to protect myself and my family against the possibility of this happening: I am usually armed, I am aware of my surroundings, car doors are locked when I am in the car, doors are locked when I am in my home and office, no matter my location I always check for escape routes as well as areas that could provide cover and/or concealment, and I watch people (how are they acting, what are their hands doing, their body language, etc).
If anyone else has better ideas on what to do in this type of situation, please add your suggestions...