It is a terrible thing when so many people die as a result of these shootings. But look where they are most common. The state of Illinois bans all private citizens from owning handguns. No exceptions. When no one but the criminals have guns, it is very difficult to defend yourself. In the South, where I live, less people die in shootings because ironically, more people have guns, and consequently, they are more seldom used. You remember the July 16 attack in Chattanooga? There was a reason only five people died. Someone had a private gun in a gun free zone. Get rid of Illinois (and Chicago) gun restrictions, watch the homicide rates drop.