It occurred to me on the way home that this thread was doomed from the start, except as a way to let off steam.
If any kind of study was ever done of the problem, the two most likely conclusions/recommendations would be some combination of increased gun control or increased social support. Both are right-wing anathema. So it's a no-win situation for them.
Fuckit. What'll happen will happen. I'm just glad I live here, not there.
In retrospect, "Let's get the goat drunk"
should have been my cue to leave the party.