The problem in the United States is bigger than just guns, and the latest shootings are evidence that the mass murder problem is beginning to evolve into a white-supremacist terrorism problem, much more complex than just the legal status of gun ownership. A multitude of factors are at play in this climate also, racism, extreme political rhetoric, and the criminalisation of immigration, and while guns, racism and ‘trumpisms’ may be difficult to address directly in America, immigration and drug reform may go some way to address this problem in the medium term. Treating migrants and drug users with compassion may help relieve racial tensions and drug epidemics somewhat, but on a larger scale the US ‘War on Drugs’ pushes drugs underground, generates a lot of money and power for cartels. These cartels making living conditions south of the US border much worse in some regions, ultimately causing larger levels of immigration and exacerbating the issue.
Abolishing or reforming ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) may help to reform the process of immigration in the country, and making legal immigration easier would go some way to deconstruct the black market around immigration in a similar way to the drug market. Taking the issue of immigration from a criminal to a civil issue would also free up law enforcement to concentrate on more serious crimes (such as mass shootings for example). But real long term changes to address the scale of immigration and its underlying causes would go a lot further to addressing the issue and others related to it, and the war on drugs, which rather than prevents, actually fuels violence across Latin America, exasperating the American immigration situation, racism and mass shootings. The issue of gun violence runs much deeper than just gun legislation, and needs to be addressed holistically or such social problems will not go away, banning guns would be placing a bandaid on a gunshot wound.