We react with horror and disbelief, questioning why.
Then the politicians come out pointing the finger at each others alleged failures and proposing all manner of remedies.
Experts offer all sorts of analytical explanations and advocates provide their views.
I would have to concede that the reasons why young people commit such violent acts are varied and complex, the solutions are potentially many, changing and bound to lack any consensus.
However, we have gone beyond saying enough is enough; we now need to act firmly, decisively and without hesitation.
I would dare to suggest that there are a number of pragmatic steps society should take.
Firstly we start with the gangs. Any organisation that’s sole purpose is proven criminal activity should be outlawed, disbanded and its assets seized.
All gang members and their partners should be sterilized to bring an end to the ongoing breeding cycle of future prospects.
Murderers, regardless of age should receive a mandatory life sentence without parole; their sentence must include hard labour in an industry that returns some benefit to society.
There should be no differentiation between criminals on the basis of age; whether you are ten or ninety, if you commit a criminal act, you do so willingly and therefore accept that there are consequences.
Now while these measures may deal with outcomes following criminal actively, there are steps that we have to take that will seek to change the culture of violence and individualism, over the collective wellbeing of society.
The culture of violence has been created by the free flow of desensitising and objectionable material, particularly in movies, videos games and music. Ban the lot; it adds nothing to our cultural development as a nation.
Aotearoa needs to get hard and fight this cancer full on; we need to do so with the gloves off. Only after we have attacked obvious outcomes and causes, can we then move to a phase of healing and prevention.