Truthseeker, you are exactly right. The problem is cultural changes, but not jut TV. It goes beyond that, to TV and video games. The problem is not guns; the problem is people without a moral compass. Take away the guns, and evil people will still find a way to do evil.

Truthseeker, you are correct, the problem is cultural. It's more than TV, though. It's also movies, music, and video games, plus the removal of religion thought from children growing up. I see events like this as a triumph of atheism. Rather than blame that, people will naturally blame guns. Take those away, however, and evil people will still find a way to do evil things. I'm sure that the atheists here will disagree with the lack of religion as a cause, but to them I ask, in an atheist world, what is the reason for behaving morally?

Truthseeker, what would happen to you if you were to misbehave while riding the bus downtown? Certainly six year olds had fits of misbehavior on occasion, did they not?

Wow, this thread escalated quickly, my goodness. I'm quite pro-religion, but I'm inclined to venture some dark opinions on the cold-war religion-for-morals viewpoint.

"What is the reason for behaving morally?" I've found fear makes for a more reliable foundation for moral behaviour than anything else, and with the modern faithless you find a greater fearful disposition. You come and spend a few months in London, you'll find it's the most secular place in the world, and you'll also find peace and good-will abounds. Not because of any wider sense of love and peace, but on the contrary, because everyone is an untrusting nervous wreck.

I think it's just a dark fact of nature that 'castration' does equal 'good behaviour.' There's no way around it, and an excellent way to castrate people is to take religion out of the picture (as well as guns and other freedoms), and leave them in a quivering mess of death anxiety. In bourgeois south-east England there's a grand social conspiracy to pretend death doesn't exist, and it does wonders for your superficial cold-war morality. That's what all this free health-care, business-suffocating health & safety laws, extremely low violent crime rates and super-tough gun legislation is all about. And everyone's more than fine with it because it helps to keep the looming spectre of eternal solitude & darkness out of mind.

Religion goes far deeper than the moral sphere of civilized behaviour, and thank God too, because the world would be a very dark place indeed, if civilization was all there was to hope for.

As to over under populated areas where schools are involved: I would bet ALL are occurring in under populated spots, not over populated. Check it out.