Correct. The more time that passes the less fresh the trauma is to the news weary public. I wish I could say that information and knowledge replace fear but it is not.
If people took the time to educate themselves one incident after another you would have a very well rounded society. For example, When one of my friends or family has to have a "Procedure" done, I take the time to educate myself on the procedure. Bypass surgery, knee and hip replacements and so on. When you understand the process and procedure you can more effectively deal with the end result.
Understanding irrational reactions to tragic happenings in our world takes empathy. I cannot imagine the pain of a parent called to any location following the tragic death of a loved one especially a child. I may strike out in any direction seeking any solution to my pain. Over time my reactions become more thoughtful, often times because of time, logic, and reasoning.
We all know that Guns don't kill people, but they are a very effective tool to facilitate that end. People who drink don't kill people either, but when they make the decision to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, that vehicle and the intoxicated person often combine to facilitate a disaster. Persons who suffer a tragic loss from a drunk driver often blame the intoxicated person. Its not the intoxicant, or the vehicle, it is the intoxicated person behind the wheel that is to blame.
Firearms don't often get the chance at this kind of thinking. Seriously, think about it.
When someone is killed by a drunk/intoxicated driver, what gets blamed? The person who made the poor decision is blamed, Not the car, not the intoxicant, but the person behind the wheel.
If we insert logic into this discussion we would think that when a firearm is involved the person behind the weapon would be to blame. Logic rarely leads anyone to this conclusion immediately following a gun death.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,
the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.