As Germany mulls a proposal to ban paintball after the shooting spree involving teenager Tim Kretschmer, it does force a look at how these shootings can happen.
I disagree with any ban of paintball as it seems to be very reactionary. A decision by a politician who feels something must be done–and quickly. I understand the need for a response, and paintball can breed some strange people, but I think this is an over-reaction.
While talking about this issue at work with my colleague Tarek, he brought up a good idea. Perhaps we need some mandatory mental health classes at school. You know, just some classes to help kids to work through some of their problems. As Tarek said, it seems to be a taboo subject. But just might be worth exploring–find out the root cause of people wanting to hurt others and themselves, and try to solve problems then.