The Onion prints this story after every massacre, but people either agree with this sentiment that defies all logic or want to do something but is stopped by the former group from passing legislation. So 10 days after the Buffalo shooting that killed 10, another mass shooting leaves 18 children (said to be 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders) and 2 adults dead. We've had the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 26 were killed, the Parkland, FL Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where 17 were killed, the Columbine High School massacre, where 13 were killed. That's just the tip of the iceberg of mass killings that happen in the U.S.A. This is apparently the 30th shooting at a K-12 school in 2022.
Yes, guns aren’t solely the problem, but they are the easiest to deal with. Australia did it after a 1996 mass shooting with much stricter gun laws and there wasn't another mass shooting for 23 years. https://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/12/6/365
Which is easier, changing the mental health of a population or a massive gun buy-back program? Removing poverty and crime or stricter gun laws? Other developed countries have mental health issues, poverty, and crime, but none of them have the consistently higher gun death rate that the U.S. has. The difference? They have stricter gun laws. So yes, there is a way to prevent this because every other developed country does.
A nice article on the correlation between strict gun laws, low gun ownership, and low gun-related deaths, by state.
Sadly, some states with strict gun laws are right next to states with lenient gun laws, so people can easily cross the border and buy their guns.