School massacres have become so frequent that there was a noticeable absence of the strong reactions expected after 10 students and adults were killed by a 17-year-old shooter last in Santa Fe, Texas. Even newspaper editorial pages that typically rage after such tragedies were mostly silent, as if they too are tired of repeating the same calls for reform to no avail. Celebrities who in an earlier time might not speak their mind have become more outspoken in the age of Twitter.
The battle for gun reform must not end in defeat. Assault weapons should be banned; and gun owners should be held responsible for their guns.
Texas is one of only 14 states that make parents liable when their children take guns from home to commit crimes. But, ironically, Texas law doesn't apply to children over 16, like Santa Fe shooter Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17.
Schoolchildren dying in a hail of gunfire hasn't motivated elected officials to change gun laws. But voters at the polls this year can let the politicians know they remember what happened at Sandy Hook, Stoneman Douglas, and Santa Fe schools, and that incumbents should remember too if they want to be re-elected.
Editorial on 05/26/2018
Print Headline: And still, little will change