A couple things I do know, however. Gun violence is a multi-determined problem. It is like a spiderweb, and we need to look at every strand that supports gun violence and consider what can be done to address each of these strands. A single simple solution is not going to do it. And social marketing gives us that 360° view of all the factors that support a problem and of all the potential remedies. Having a marketing mindset helps us look at a mix of solutions they can have a synergistic effect, which can succeed where single or silo-ed solutions cannot.
The other thing I know is that we have to consider the worth and dignity of every individual involved in this: the children, the teachers, the mother of Adam Lanza, and yes, even Adam himself. The police and first responders. Gun owners and those who want nothing to do with guns. Individuals and society and our culture. We need to seek to understand, and we need to develop insight, if we are ever to reduce or prevent the problem of gun violence; to prevent a massacre like Newtown. Beyond these sureties, I am still muddling through the fog.