Now Is Not the Time?

Now Is Not the Time?

59 people are dead and 527 injured after a man opened fire on the audience at a country music concert in Las Vegas. Can tragedies like this be prevented? Our elected officials must be working on that now, right?

According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, “there will certainly be a time for that policy discussion to take place, but that’s not the place that we’re in at this moment.”

You’ve heard this before, every single time Americans slaughter their fellow citizens with mass gunfire. After the Pulse nightclub, the Aurora movie theater, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary SchoolLuby’s Cafeteria in KilleenMcDonald’s in San Ysidro, and Columbine High School.

So we can’t talk about sensible gun control measures after a senseless mass killing. It’s like that guy who won’t fix the hole in his roof when it’s raining because he doesn’t want to get wet, and when the sun shines he says he doesn’t need to fix it.

More:

“Now is exactly the right time to talk about gun politics,” Mark Kelly, Washington Post

“Chuck Todd: ‘Why is now not the time’ to talk about gun violence?” Josh Delk, The Hill

“Mass shootings are an American problem. There’s an American solution.” Chris Murphy, Washington Post

“If Newtown Wasn’t Enough, Why Would Las Vegas Be Enough?” Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

“Why ‘thoughts and prayers’ is starting to sound so profane,” Kirsten Powers, Washington Post

“We don’t need your prayers in Sin City. We need gun control,” C. Moon Reed, Los Angeles Times

“Washington’s Ritualized Response to Mass Shootings,” Ryan Lizza, The New Yorker

Related:

“Every Member of Congress Who Took Money From the NRA and Tweeted ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ to Las Vegas,” Rafi Schwartz, Splinter

“Here are all the other fatal shootings from Sunday that you haven’t heard about,” Christopher Ingraham, Washington Post

“Gun violence in America, explained in 17 maps and charts,” German Lopez, Vox

“Trump said he would stop the ‘American carnage.’ It hasn’t even slowed down.,” Aaron Blake, Washington Post

“After Sandy Hook, Trump hailed Obama’s call for gun control legislation,” Matthew Yglesias, Vox

“After Sandy Hook we said never again. And then we let 1,518 mass shootings happen.” German Lopez, Ryan Mark and Soo Oh, Vox

“‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens,” The Onion

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