Editorial: Texas lawmakers’ response to flood of gun deaths? Make it easier to own guns.

Editorial: Texas lawmakers' response to flood of gun deaths? Make it easier to own guns.

“April is the cruelest month,” the poet has written. True enough in an existential sense, and yet this year we are inclined to differ. Like bluebonnets springing up along Texas roadsides, signs of glorious post-pandemic life are reemerging. Life is gradually returning to normal. And yet, normal in this nation means routine, incessant unmitigated killing — of each other and of ourselves. In a sense, T.S. Eliot was closer to correct than he might have imagined. April this year is as cruel as any other April. “Normal” the past few weeks includes the following: In a Minneapolis suburb — barely 10 miles from where a Minneapolis police officer is on trial for the death of George Floyd — a young man trying to elude a traffic stop for a minor offense dies when a veteran police officer fires a bullet into his chest, which she has called an accident, claiming she meant to fire her Taser. In the Dallas suburb of Allen, a young man murders five members of his family and then kills himself with a gun. In Pleasant Grove, another Dallas suburb, a 9-year-old shoots and kills his 11-year-old brother. In Bryan, a gunman kills a person and wounds at least five others — four of them critically — at a cabinet manufacturer where he apparently worked. In April and beyond in this COVID-worn nation, suicide has become the second-leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for […]

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