Another madman with a gun: But in a new Congress, there’s room for hope

Another madman with a gun: But in a new Congress, there’s room for hope

Gun Rights

With the typically bonkers news cycle going on — Donald Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the ongoing midterm election results, a blatantly false controversy involving CNN reporter Jim Acosta — there’s a real chance that the latest mass murder, of 12 people at a country music bar in Southern California , will barely register as a blip in the media cycle. Americans have become numb to these mass shootings. We’ve become numb to being told we’re numb to them. They often seem to register emotionally only if they touch on some other hot-button topic, such as the way the Pittsburgh synagogue shooter was motivated by Trump’s lies about a refugee caravan in Mexico. But while our capacity for alarm has been deadened on an emotional level, there’s good reason to believe that the public is not simply shrugging off this nonstop horror show. One of the more promising trends of the midterm elections is the indication that the public is moving toward supporting stricter gun safety regulations. Politicians used to shake in their boots at the possibility of being called a "gun grabber," but nowadays, the issue of gun control is a winner, even in traditionally conservative places. Thursday morning, Republican Rep. Karen Handel of Georgia’s 6th congressional district conceded defeat to her Democratic challenger, Lucy McBath , after an extremely tight election. (That’s the suburban Atlanta district that drew national attention last year for the special election in which Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff.) This race was […]

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