It is nearly as disturbing as the mass shootings themselves to witness after tragedies like this the predictable reflexive advocacy of increased restrictions on gun ownership. The dearth of imagination and critical thinking in this country is appalling, perhaps equaled only by its faith in the redemptive power of the legislator’s pen. In fact, the former often leads to the latter. In other words, the inability to imagine and reason results in the general loss of confidence in one’s instinct and impulse. This loss of self-confidence therefore diminishes individual initiative, relegating humans to mere sheep passively waiting to be manipulated and herded by opportunistic manipulators and herders. Whenever such a preponderance of fear and impotence befalls a nation, a predilection for oppressive security measures soon follows because the disappearance of self-initiated problem solving leaves behind a void usually filled by megalomaniacs and their agents in uniform.