Our View: Lawmakers have duty to revisit gun safety

Our View: Lawmakers have duty to revisit gun safety

Santa Fe High School student Dakota Shrader is comforted by her mother Susan Davidson following a shooting at the school on Friday in Santa Fe, Texas. Shrader said her friend was shot. When last we visited the topic of how to prevent mass shootings, it was a month after 17 students and teachers had died in Parkland, Florida, and high school students across the country were still incensed. Millions walked out of class on the same day, nearly as many convened in Washington, D.C., for one of the largest mass protests since the Vietnam War, and statehouses were besieged by teen lobbyists pushing bump stock bans and universal background checks. Fast-forward two months, and we are two days removed from another mass shooting, this one leaving 10 dead at a high school south of Houston. But with the exception of the Florida Legislature, the teen gun control advocates have seen little success. Congress hasn’t even held hearings, and Arizona’s lawmakers adjourned without passing a single reform – this after Gov. Doug Ducey, with an A rating from the NRA, offered a gun confiscation bill that drew initial bipartisan praise. State legislators apparently are beyond public shaming – after doing nothing in the wake of the Gabby Giffords shooting in Tucson that left six dead, body counts of 10 or 17 are just more numbers to them. Ducey has said he would like to revisit gun safety — after he is re-elected. When Democratic lawmakers challenged him Friday only hours […]

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