Bad. Scott told CNN this week that he would prefer state law, ignoring the obvious problem with that solution. Those who want to circumvent these rules can simply buy their guns from another state with more lenient rules, much like buyers wanting to avoid background checks can buy from gun shows or private sales. And keeping guns out of the wrong hands will always be secondary to keeping guns out of the market in the first place.
Congress is expected to approve any additional legislation that a bipartisan task force of senators is able to propose. But no one should have any illusions about why the nation is unable to do more: the Republican Party mindset that favors politics over people and the moral amnesia that drives Republican politicians to putting their career ahead of their principles and common sense.
Giving in to the fear of thirsty MAGA voters is reprehensible, at a time when the fourth-graders killed in Uvalde, Texas, are still buried. But unfortunately, it is not irrational.
Last week, Rep. Chris Jacobs (RN.Y.), who represents a district that includes suburban Buffalo, announced he was ending his bid for re-election. In the general election in November, Jacobs would have been favored to win hands down – the redrawn district in which he would have competed leans heavily Republican. At issue is the August GOP primary and the fact that Jacobs, following last month’s supermarket massacre in Buffalo, expressed strong support for a federal ban on assault weapons.
“The last thing we need is an incredibly negative, half-truth filled media attack, funded by millions of dollars in special interest money flowing into our community around this issue of guns and gun violence. and gun control,” Jacobs said in a statement announcing his retirement. In other words, he took a reasonable stance on gun violence and knew the gun lobby would do its best to crush him.
This is what the Republican Party has come to. A member of Congress sees 10 of his neighbors killed in a racist massacre, takes a stand in favor of reinstating the ban on weapons of war – and must resign, because decency and common sense are unacceptable to his party.
Gun violence should not be a partisan issue. Early Wednesday, a California gunman was arrested near the home of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, and police say he told them he wanted to kill a specific justice. Bullets and rage have no respect for party affiliation.
The Democratic-controlled House passed a strong package that includes raising the age for buying guns to 21. The action came after the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Wednesday heard heartbreaking recorded testimony from 11-year-old Miah Cerrillo, who described how she survived. the Uvalde massacre by smearing the blood of a slain classmate on herself and pretending to be dead.
Cerrillo’s father told the Post that “she tells us, ‘I don’t have any friends anymore. All my friends are dead.'”
Roy Guerrero, Uvalde’s only pediatrician, told the House committee to go to the hospital and see the remains of young people who had been killed. “Two children, whose bodies had been pulverized by the bullets fired at them, decapitated, whose flesh had been torn apart, that the only clue as to their identity was the blood-splattered cartoon clothes still clinging to them,” Guerrero said.
Republicans on the committee focused their questions and remarks on what they said was the need for more law enforcement officers to protect schools and respond quickly to threats. The GOP tactic, in the difficult days after a mass shooting, is always the same: talk about everything under the sun, except the instrument with which the atrocity was perpetrated. Talk about everything except the gun.
When cornered and pressed on the subject, they seem ridiculous. Asked why anyone needed an AR-15 on Tuesday, Sen. John Thune (RS.D.) mentioned target shooting — not exactly what I would consider a “need” — then added that “in my state they use them to shoot prairie dogs and, you know, other types of vermin.
Good God. Are we really supposed to weigh pesky vermin against the shattered remains of murdered children?
Republicans, search your souls. If you can find them.