shinmin: " the need to feel and do something, anything"
i do kind of understand that general point, and sometimes it does feel that way. but to me it also has the potential to creep into the "doing ANYTHING is better than doing NOTHING" mentality that is prevalent with so many leftists and progressives i have interacted with over the years. i do not agree that doing anything is better than doing nothing in any generalized way - but of course that totally depends on the context of any given situation.
"interested to hear if anyone thinks you could completely get rid of mass shootings, or attempted mass murder/torture that sort of thing."
well, i would say it might be possible - by getting rid of mass society (and the concept of "mass" in general). i personally would love it if mass society was gone gone gone. but i don't see it happening, unfortunately. so the more pragmatic answer would be: no, i don't think you could ever totally get rid of that kind of event. if it were possible to eliminate capitalism and all the related mindsets, it might be possible to get closer to eliminating mass events. but that (86ing capitalism et al) might be even less realistic than getting rid of mass society.
as to no schools being a cop out, i disagree. i mean, of course that would do nothing to stop these kinds of events from occurring in other places. but maybe the same kind of approach might help.
anywhere large numbers of people gather is always going to be a risk for those people, and not just from outside aggression.
technological advancements, combined with the mediated ways those advances enable and encourage for individuals to relate with other individuals and experience life in general - i do think those things help create and perpetuate the sense of dissociation and lack of both empathy and personal responsibility that enable behavior like mass shootings to flourish.
i just wish the folks that are driven to do such things would target gatherings of elite power-mongers, rather than school kids or music concert/club goers.