“We are dying on your watch. What will you do about it?”
That was the question put to Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas by a group of high school students after yet another school shooting ripped apart 10 more American families. It is a question that should be asked of every adult in the nation who has stood by since Columbine, since Sandy Hook, since Parkland, while the list of school “shooting tragedies” grows longer.
It is exhausting to return to the same arguments about gun control as the bodies pile up, especially as Second Amendment absolutists propose increasingly preposterous responses to school shootings.
Apparently, just about everything contributes to gun mayhem in the United States—video games, peer bullying, A.D.H.D. medicine—but not the 300 million guns themselves.
Some Americans are ready to arm teachers and spend billions on school security systems or Kevlar backpacks that double as last-ditch bullet shelters. It is school doorways, not guns, that need to be controlled; excessive government monitoring is welcomed for mental health and social media activity, not so much for gun purchases.
The worst is the creeping normalcy of it all as the nation grows incapable of shock, inured to the suffering inflicted on families and communities.
This publication has called for repeal of the Second Amendment. In the meantime, we insist on the well-regulated militia described in the Constitution. Comprehensive gun registration and commonsense gun sale policies; a ban on bump stocks and military-grade weapons; and mandatory safety instruction, proof of safe storage and liability insurance are good steps to getting there.