Another mass shooting in America.
This time the blood runs in the streets of Las Vegas – nearly 60 lives cruelly cut short, some 500 injured.
The deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history leaves us stunned. We are dumbstruck. We are numb … again.
As a nation, we mourn. We pray. We praise the first responders and all those who acted bravely during this cowardly act of depravity. We shake our heads and say “not again.”
The media is running profiles of the deceased and the injured and their grieving families. It is gut-wrenching. It always is.
The media will delve into the shooter’s life and try to illuminate his motives. Details will emerge as the investigation progresses.Information will be revealed on the shooter’s background, political leanings and mental state. We will learn whether he bought his arsenal legally or illegally and how he got them into his hotel room unnoticed.
And, of course, the debate over gun control will be reignited —with passion and furor.
By mid-morning Monday, just hours after the shooting, social media was ablaze with arguments for and against stricter gun laws and whether they would have had any bearing on the latest tragedy. It will continue and become more caustic. The debate will rage for days, even weeks. Activists, politicians, gun owners, NRA supporters and victims of gun violence will weigh in. By now, the arguments are familiar.
The intent of the Second Amendment will be re-litigated. Does it or should it apply to military-style assault rifles, silencers or armor piercing bullets? We will argue about it.
And then, we will move on.
Just like we did after Columbine, Newtown, Orlando and every other recent mass shooting in this country.
Just like we did this past summer when a gunman ambushed a Congressional charity baseball practice, injuring five people, including U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.
The magnitude of the violence, the heinousness of the evil is no longer relevant. We are sickened by it, but we won’t do anything about it. We are paralyzed. We will do nothing, even though the majority of Americans support smarter gun control measures. Four out of five Americans support imposing universal background checks for anyone buying a gun to prevent criminals or terrorists from obtaining guns.
But we won’t enact universal background checks because the NRA doesn’t want it or any limitations on gun ownership, no matter how sensible. Its headlock on Congress and state lawmakers is tight. That won’t change until more people demand change.
We won’t demand change. We will move on.
We will accept the bloodshed and the heartache as inevitable. We will tell ourselves that gun control measures wouldn’t have prevented this shooting or most shootings. Criminals will always get guns.
We will tell ourselves that the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. We will buy more guns.
We will move on.