Gun safety special session would be a waste of time

Gun safety special session would be a waste of time

Action, not words. Action, not just thoughts and prayers. The pleas of students, families and school-safety advocates, largely unanswered after the slaughter of 17 people at a Florida high school in February, were infused with fresh urgency after 10 more were slain Friday at Santa Fe High School in Texas. With Memorial Day here, a time to decorate veterans’ graves and reflect on lives sacrificed across the generations, we’re struck by this sobering fact: As of Monday, the U.S. had seen twice as many students killed in school shootings this year (26) as service members killed in combat zones (13). This is America’s new guerilla war, and the dreadful business of memorializing those left as ambush casualties in classrooms and school hallways takes center stage this week; funerals are being held for eight fallen students and two teachers in Santa Fe. So it’s natural that a clarion call for action would swell again from coast to coast – including in Washington state, where within hours of the Texas massacre, an influential lawmaker asked for a special session in Olympia. "No law or legislative action will alone change human hearts and altogether stop violence," Sen. John Braun said in a recent statement. "But the Legislature can take steps to reduce the risk of deadly school violence, which often stems from mental illness." The Centralia Republican exhorted Gov. Jay Inslee to call a special session, hoping the Legislature would adopt measures to protect Washington’s 1.1 million public school students before they […]

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