THERE’S NO WAY to make sense of the senseless. We all want something done about mass shootings, especially when they happen in our schools, but what new law will fix the myriad of problems?

Before we talk about restricting gun ownership and hardening our schools, let’s talk about one forgotten topic and one idea that deserves consideration.

First, why aren’t we demanding less violent movies from Hollywood and less mayhem from video game makers? We assume 95% of people can separate fantasy from reality, but what about that other 5%?

A hundred million people, including tens of millions of impressionable young people, are exposed to brutal violence every day on movie and TV screens.

Top grossing films romanticize killing and the barbaric slaughter of hundreds of people. The good guys rarely die while they save the day by killing the bad guys with a hail of gunfire, motor vehicle crashes and spectacular bomb explosions.

After watching the mayhem on the big screen, many troubled young people sit on the couch at home and play video games such as “Grand Theft Auto” and “Call of Duty” for hours.

They score points by killing people. It teaches them to take out their anger and frustrations by using deadly force. It’s glamorized and the killing is etched into their minds. For these vulnerable young people, what are the consequences?

One of the solutions to making schools and other public gathering places safer was presented a few weeks ago by Robert Woodson Sr., founder of The Woodson Center in Washington, D.C. The idea makes sense.

Woodson said the Department of Education and the Secret Service investigated 37 school shootings and attacks from 1970-2000 and determined that there were no common profiles, but they did discover one common fact.

Most of the perpetrators told someone in their social network what they were going to do ahead of time. Woodson believes more should be done to establish an early-warning system. He calls for an army of youth advisers who would monitor the various social networks.

The purpose is to identify at-risk people, and this could prevent violent attacks and mass shootings before they are carried out. Many are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder because of their life experiences.

It builds on the “see something, say something” strategy. No one solution will prevent every attack, but this idea makes as much sense as many of the others. It would be expensive and labor-intensive, but what price is too much for public safety?

Woodson’s army of youth advisers would work with school staffs, law enforcement, and social services to identify trouble in its early stages.

The youth advisers would circulate in the schools and teen hangouts and monitor the social networks used by young people. They’d watch for signs of bullying. They’d watch for signs of mental health issues and depression.

They would report to school officials and law enforcement. When appropriate, officials would intervene proactively and attempt to defuse potential conflicts. Young people are saying “enough is enough,” when it comes to school violence. They are ready to do something about it.

If handled right, students would take ownership of the program, and be encouraged to report suspicious behavior and rumors of impending violence. Most young people don’t want to see horrific violence in their lives and they would have a role in preventing those events.

At that point, it would be up to the proper authorities and law enforcement to step in and de-escalate dangerous situations. This might included referring people at their breaking point to mental health experts.

All proposed solutions that we’ve heard of since the Parkland, Fla., school shooting come with an enormous cost in terms of money and loss of civil rights. We have to decide if we are willing to pay the price for school and public safety.

More than 80% of Americans think we should limit access to assault-style weapons, high-capacity magazines and bump stocks. That won’t stop people from having battlefield weapons.

We can raise the age for buying long rifles from 18 to 21, but that basically means doing nothing.

We can require background checks, even at gun shows. But again, this does little to keep weapons of war out of the hands of evil people. Motivated killers will find a way to beat the system.

Screening people for mental illness makes sense, but that would label millions of people and we don’t have the funds or the resources to manage the caseload.

Many people have called for the hardening of our schools. Where does this start and end? Do we start with day care centers, kindergartens and nursery schools? Most school districts have multiple buildings in a campus environment. There are athletic facilities. And what about school buses?

You would need metal detectors, armed security guards at every checkpoint, bulletproof glass, secure door locks and safe rooms. Many schools are used 12 to 16 hours a day for sports, band and choir concerts, and school plays. Playgrounds would have to be fenced in.

After we’ve fortified the school grounds, deranged killers wearing body armor will target more accessible venues that attract 50 to 100 people. They will find new killing zones such as churches, theaters, mall courtyards, concert venues, sporting events and community parks.

There are a lot of questions. There are no perfect answers. How much are we willing to pay to protect our children? What rights and freedoms are we willing to surrender in the name of safety?