Lead­ers’ prayers won’t end shoot­ings


Save the thoughts and prayers. We need ac­tion. Now.

There was an­other mass shoot­ing in the United States on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The 18th shoot­ing at a school this year, a year that is not yet 7 weeks old, ac­cord­ing to Every­town for Gun Safety.

Law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties said 19-year-old

Niko­las Cruz, a for­mer stu­dent, ter­ror­ized Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School in Park­land and shot and killed 17 peo­ple, ac­cord­ing to the Broward Sher­iff ’s Of­fice.

It could have been far worse if not for the text­book way in which law en­force­ment — in­clud­ing Park­land and Co­conut Creek po­lice — han­dled this hor­rific in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to var­i­ous ex­perts. That was likely due to the sad fact that po­lice na­tion­wide have run this drill so many times since Columbine and Sandy Hook.

On Wed­nes­day, as then, po­lit­i­cal lead­ers were quick to send thoughts and prayers to ev­ery­one in­volved.

Gov. Rick Scott tweeted: “Just spoke with @POTUS about shoot­ing at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High School. My thoughts and prayers are with the stu­dents, their fam­i­lies and the en­tire com­mu­nity. We will con­tinue to re­ceive brief­ings from law en­force­ment and is­sue up­dates.”

Flor­ida Agri­cul­ture Com­mis­sioner Adam Put­nam tweeted: “Prayers for all the stu­dents, teach­ers and staff at Mar­jory Stone­man Dou­glas High. And to our first re­spon­ders, be safe and god­speed.”

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Pam Bondi said in a state­ment: “Pray­ing for ev­ery­one in­volved in to­day’s shoot­ing

... I am on the way with my vic­tim ad­vo­cates and we will be avail­able in full force to help all vic­tims and their fam­i­lies with any ser­vices they need.”

With all due re­spect, save it.

What these griev­ing par­ents and stu­dents need is for you to fi­nally en­act some com­mon-sense gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion, rather than con­tin­u­ing to loosen gun laws and make these ter­ri­ble shoot­ings more likely.

You can stop try­ing to al­low guns on school and col­lege cam­puses. You can stop gut­ting con­cealed weapons laws. You can pony up for more school po­lice.

No fewer than 150,000 Amer­i­can public school stu­dents have gone through one of these tragedies. Even if they weren’t phys­i­cally wounded, they now carry the psy­cho­log­i­cal scars of watch­ing a class­mate bleed out in front of them.

“I thought this was a drill we were sup­posed to have,” teacher Melissa Falkowski, told CNN’s Jake Tap­per, her voice still shak­ing. “So­ci­ety failed us to­day.”

Yes. Yes, it did.

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