When can we talk about gun control? When can we take action? Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) thinks it’s just too soon to start discussing that right now, when the most recent mass murder of elementary-aged children was barely a week ago and the investigation is incomplete. Will it ever be time?
When there’s a move, after a school shooting or other mass shooting, to address gun control in the United States, in order to potentially prevent the next one, a contingent of right-wing gun extremists always levels accusations of ‘politicizing’ the tragedy. (Meanwhile, the right pushes legislation to put more guns on campus.)
Matt Gaetz, arguing against efforts to pass legislation, makes it clear why the GOP will always be able to argue that it’s ‘too soon’ — because they will always, always be able to point out that the most recent mass murder is still under investigation, since the United States can’t seem to go very long between them.
“It’s irresponsible to consider bills when we’re still trying to figure out what happened [in the latest school shooting],” Gaetz declares.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) at House hearing on gun reform legislation:
"It is reflexive and it is irresponsible to consider bills while we're still trying to figure out what happened [in Uvalde]." pic.twitter.com/xScwzPTLAM
— The Recount (@therecount) June 2, 2022
“We’re still deciphering key elements of the law enforcement response, the physical plan, the points of intrusion…”
Could Gaetz possibly consider the merits of gun control legislation based on all the school shootings that have happened more than a few weeks ago, and have been thoroughly investigated? Could he consider that, while many elements of this case are not yet clear, one particularly salient fact — the fact that it was carried out by a person who was able to legally obtain a weapon capable of killing dozens in minutes — is very clear?
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