Lone gunmen shooting innocent victims in schools and public places make the news far too often in America. We were shocked last week with the ongoing reports coming from Florida of the latest shooting. A 19-year-old past pupil of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school planned a gun attack with an assault rifle and murdered 17 innocent students and staff. He allegedly used smoke bombs to set off the fire alarm so that students would escape into the corridor where he could shoot as many as possible.

It reinforces the need to have proper supports in place for troubled students, so that they are dealt with appropriately. There can be no understanding of a mind like that and there will be no compassion for the named killer. He will rot behind bars ,or worse, but that will not make American parents feel any better about the safety of their children.