After the Texas tragedy, this is no time for prayer. It’s time to legislate (opinion)

James Moore is a political analyst, author, and business communications consultant who has written about Texas politics since 1975. He is the founder of Big Bend Strategies and publishes regularly in “Texas to the World.” The opinions expressed in this comment are solely those of the author.

Mass shootings have become so common in the United States that we have developed a pathology on how to respond. Affected families who have lost someone they love are recipients of thoughts and prayers. Law enforcement was praised for preventing the tragedy from becoming more terrifying. Counseling is provided to survivors. Politicians come to town to express their sympathy and anger, promising that the community will recover and remain “strong in Texas,” “strong in Sandy Hook,” or “strong in Parkland.”

But nothing happened to another ceasefire.

We pray. But we do not pass legislation. It is clear that prayer does not stop the killing. In all the statements coming from conservative politicians after Tuesday’s deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Ovaldi, Texas, in which 19 children and two adults were killed, don’t expect to hear even a single voice suggesting reform. [da lei] of weapons. Second Amendment [da Constituição dos Estados Unidos] It is always treated as more important than children’s lives. Words like “evil,” “incomprehensible,” and “atrocious,” will be thrown out, and, as Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas urged us, we will be encouraged to “work together as a nation.” But I suspect we – or some of us – have already done so. Some of us got together and decided that no terror caused by guns could be worse than restricting access to guns.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a very conservative Republican, stood in front of the television cameras on Tuesday and said, “When parents take their children to school, they have every expectation that they will be able to pick them up. When school today is over.” The governor should be asked how a father could obtain such a guarantee when he himself had already said that he was upset that his constituents had not bought enough arms.

I am shy“Twitter Abbott in 2015.” Texas No. 2 in the country to buy new guns, behind California. Let’s get up to speed, Texans.”

He helped his state compete in a gun-purchasing competition with California. Last year, Abbott proudly signed what he called a “constitutional carry” bill that would allow anyone over 21 to carry a gun without a license, and he did so after the 2019 El Paso mass murder. That more weapons would make it more likely that someone would stop the killer. Before Abbott signed on to the procedure, a firearms license was required that required fingerprints, four to six hours of training, a written exam, and a shooting proficiency test.

But this is over. The defender won in Texas. Lost regulations and fixes. It wasn’t even a real competition. However, Governor Abbott is quick to ban books offending his political sensibilities, but gun ownership cannot be restricted.

However, when President Joe Biden spoke hours after the Ovaldi tragedy, his words were furious, though often ambitious, because he knows the political realities facing gun reform advocates. All he has now are words, his opponents votes. The US House of Representatives passed a bill to expand background checks on gun buyers two years ago, but there’s nowhere near the number of “yes” in the Senate to bring it to the president’s office.

Biden said, “As a nation, we have to ask when, in the name of God, we will face the gun lobby. When we do in the name of God what we know must be done…I am sick and tired of this. We must act. Don’t tell me we can’t make an impact on this.” carnage.”

Biden noted that the previous ban on assault weapons had reduced mass killings, but when it was lifted, he said, it tripled. He said the public and politicians need encouragement to stand up to the arms industry and that he asked himself, during his 17-hour trip from Asia, why the United States is the only country in the world dealing with frequent mass incidents. Shooting.

“These types of mass shootings rarely occur in other parts of the world,” he said. “But they have psychological issues. They have people who are lost… Why are we willing to allow this to happen? Where is our spine in the name of God? It’s time to turn this pain into action.”

Don’t these other countries have gun lobby groups?

Gun advocates seem to have plans, while reformers wrestle with a powerful manufacturers lobby, the National Rifle Association, and determine how much more regulation is too much regulation.

You don’t have to destroy the Second Amendment to save our country. The constitution is a living document. Perhaps you need to lighten these times and adjust from the context of 1776 to an era where there are computers that can talk to each other and guns that can fire an astonishing number of shots. Isn’t there a law that can be drafted that mandates that state and federal databases of mental health, criminal records, and gun purchases can interact and share information? Aren’t we smart enough as a culture to find a language that protects our basic rights and our children?

The era of mass shootings we live in in Texas may have begun on August 1, 1966, when a sniper climbed the University of Texas tower with a high-powered rifle and began shooting people walking across campus. Charles Whitman killed 16 people on that bright summer day, after killing his wife and mother. The incident was the first to be broadcast live to the terrifying city of Austin. Since then, Texans have seen some cities gain fame for mysterious reasons. Mass murders in Sutherland Springs, El Paso, Santa Fe, Midland Odessa, Dallas, the cafeteria shooting in Killeen and a mass murder in Fort Hood. The full list is longer than that.

It’s hard to deny that the horror started here. This may be the time and place that creates the political will for Texas to be the place where it all ends.

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