How ’bout now? Is now a good time?
We have asked that before. After Sandy Hook. After Las Vegas. After Parkland. And still this country remains paralyzed when it comes to gun control, insisting that now is not the time to talk about it.
So how ’bout now? Does the murder of high school students in Santa Fe, Texas, warrant a discussion about how to prevent mass shootings?
As of this writing, we don’t know the details of Friday’s shooting, other than officials say at least 10 people were killed. That might change by the time you read this, and we will learn more about the shooter or shooters, the weapons, the motivations. Or maybe we won’t, and that would be fine. Because the details often distract from the fundamental discussion and the salient point: This country has an epidemic of gun violence and too many people in power are unwilling to do anything about it.
On Friday, in the moments after the Santa Fe shooting, President Trump said his administration is “determined to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools, and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves, and to others.”
It was a thoughtful statement, but it ignored the fact that in 2017 Trump signed a bill revoking an Obama-era rule — which had not yet gone into effect — that would have made it more difficult for mentally ill people to purchase guns. And it ignored the fact that Republicans’ response to the Parkland shooting in February was to recommend that teachers should be armed.