You can almost set your watch by it.
Every time there is a mass shooting, editorial boards all over the nation will call for gun control. It’s as regular as the sun rising in the east and setting in the west.
Our current example comes from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love…if those brothers are Cain and Abel.
There, the Philadelphia Tribune has offered its call for restricting our gun rights.
Some leaders are rightfully calling for action to be taken in the wake of the tragedy in Nashville in which a shooter killed three 9-year-old students and three adult staff members at a Christian school.
Before the shooting at the Covenant School Monday, there had already been 130 mass shootings in the United States so far this year.
Last year a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, left 21 dead.
The continued slaughter of American children demands that the nation’s lawmakers offer a stronger action than their usual “thoughts and prayers” response.
Republicans continue to downplay the need for legislative action on guns following these mass shootings.
The GOP leadership in Congress has repeatedly ignored or downplayed discussing potential legislative solutions to curb mass shootings.
No, they haven’t.
What they’ve “ignored or downplayed discussing” was gun control. I get that for the editorial board here, that’s the only possible solution, and it’s fine if you think that, but you don’t get to pretend no one has offered up any other possible solution.
Following Parkland, Republicans began calling for efforts to harden our schools. They’ve talked about efforts to allow teachers to carry firearms if they so desired. They’ve discussed options.
Democrats and journalists–but I repeat myself–have pretended those things aren’t solutions. They continually act like no one opposing gun control has offered literally anything else up as a potential answer.
Yet let’s not forget that nothing being discussed following Nashville isn’t already in effect in California. How did that work out for Half Moon Bay or Monterey Park? This is a state that had two major mass shootings within two days and the most restrictive gun control laws in the entire nation.
If it wasn’t enough there, why would it suddenly be enough anywhere else?
The truth of the matter is that we don’t even understand mass shootings in the first place. We understand they’re awful, but nothing else.
While many say they want to treat so-called gun violence like a public health crisis, absolutely none of them are interested in looking for the causes. They’re so fixated on the gun that they can’t grasp that taking that out of the equation doesn’t actually mean people are safer. It just means someone who is violent has to find another way to be violent.
So while the editorial board can ask for whatever, they shouldn’t hold their breath that people on this side of the debate will give a damn. We’ve seen every claim they want to present before. We’ve debunked them all. And yes, we’ve offered up our own solutions, despite claims to the contrary.