May I take this moment to remind everyone that the shooter did not use the rifle on the kids. I do not know if he used it on his mom but he did not take it out the trunk of the car when he walked into the school.
That tells me two things:
1. He knew his way around guns. Anyone who's fired small and large firearms knows that large firearms, although they do more damage, are harder to aim, especially if you have to move them while firing.
2. He was fully intent on killing as many people in the school as he could. By taking the handguns, which were easier and quicker to aim, he guaranteed that he gave himself the ability to hit every target, and his aim was impecable. Apparently he only missed one completely and I believe a second person was taken to the hospital and survived with serious injuries (the two others taken to the hospital did not survive).
Think about that, for a moment. 3 kids out of 27 people actually got to the hospital. Only one of them survived. This guy was as deadly as you can get with a gun and knew what he was doing. I can't even begin to guess why anyone would do such a thing but he was intent on doing it and, regretably, pulled it off.
Ban the guns! is the battle cry from politicians whenever something like this happens. Do you seriuosly believe for one second that these guns can't be bought on the black market? I don't know about the rest of you but when I was in high school, everyone knew who to talk to get access to the black market. It's incredibly easy if you have the money, and that's the scary part because if the honest people don't have the money, the criminals do.
Carefull what you wish for, you just might get it.