Paul, this is not the first time legislation infringed on the rights of many because of the actions of a few. This has been going on throughout the 20th Century in the USA. I can read through each of the Bill of Rights and honestly say, I don't know anyone who has ever hid behind the Amendments and libeled someone, misused firearms, gotten away with a crime because of evidence improperly obtained, etc. That's probably true for most Americans. One of the reasons we ended up with a pistol license in New York was that the attempted assassination of NYC Mayor Jay Gaynor in New Jersey. Even if NY completely banned handguns, nothing done would have affected New Jersey. But even back then, the media pushed the licensing narrative using the attempted assassination as a talking point in favor of the Sullivan Law. Better yet, if what I've read is true, the assassin, James Gallagher was a "Watchman" on the docks in NY. This guy would have been permitted to be armed even under the Sullivan Law. This is how silly it gets.Any restriction that isn't solidly found in facts and rational reasoning but based in public hysteria is an uncalled for restriction. If you can vote, be required to serve in the military (drafted at 19 years old), drive a 4,000 pound vehicle on public roads you shouldn't be prohibited from buying a rifle because a miniscule number of deranged individuals abuse that right. The horrendous act that took place in Texas could have been carried out with handguns or other firearms. This individual could have waited for school dismissal and mowed down a bunch of kids with the truck he stole. We should focus our energy and resources on things that can have a real impact (harden building security, arm teachers, etc.) and not feel good legislation that infringes on the rights of the many based on the evil actions of a few. When the evil actions of a few become the basis for creating legislation all of our rights and freedoms are in jeopardy.
So I agree with your points wholeheartedly. Most "mass shooters" are not under 21. But in this society, the demand to "do something", is prevalent and ongoing. Raising the age for pistol licenses was accepted as 21 and I'm sorry to say, will be for semi-auto rifles. Of course, NY took it a step further and will require a license for those rifles. Maybe even a "common sense" and "reasonable fee" of $20,000 a year for the license will be instituted, who knows. Our best defense is to get back the State Senate and hopefully the Governorship to Republican control. I'm not optimistic.