So, a 17-year-old shot ten people in a school in Texas.
Liberals for gun control are saying the same thing as before about banning assault weapons. Nothing is different, so nothing will change.
Donald Trump is saying what he said last time about background checks, no guns until age 21, and arming teachers. Nothing is different, so nothing will change.
The NRA is doing its best to make sure you know the problem is not the guns, in fact, guns are the solution. They always say that. Nothing is different, so nothing will change.
Are we OK with the status quo?
Is there anyone with the courage to work with the other side? Yeah, I know, whichever side you are on, the other side are evil awful people, but really, if no one works with them, nothing will be different, so nothing will change.
Do you think a national election will change this?
Even if the Democrats sweep the House in 2018, they are not going to end up with 60 votes in the Senate, which means they can’t do anything on their own. Donald Trump will still be president in 2018, and most likely in 2019, and even if he isn’t, Mike Pence will be. They’re not voting for a Democratic version of gun control.
Elections — at least this next one — won’t change things by themselves. Imagine all you want, but do you really think either side is going to support a radically different position on guns and schools? One side can’t fix this. No one is even trying.
I’m not insensitive. I hate seeing dead children as much as you.
But pain and rending of garments has not proven to be effective in creating change. Seeing children die has not created change.
The only change that matters will take place in the states. So we will have 50 different sets of rules, and guns and people in America can flow from state to state pretty easily.
Change will require a different attitude from Congress and the states, and co-operation. That’s going to take a very long time. And a lot more people will die before it happens.
Go ahead. Prove me wrong. I hope you can. But it’s not about what you want. It’s about what could actually happen.