The national response to the massacre in Las Vegas fell pretty much exactly within expected parameters this week. The White House urged hesitation, claiming it was too early to talk politics, while Democrats reiterated their support for stronger gun control measures.
The NRA stayed quiet, as it did after the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, while shares of firearm manufacturers jumped in value. The national news media covered the unfolding events, wobbling between refusing to talk about the killer and trying to untangle his motives. People on your Facebook feed debated the definition of “terrorism” and whether or not this particular killing fit it.
Satirical newspaper The Onion, as it always does after these incidents, republished its article “‘No Way to Prevent This’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” with the location updated.
Despite the seeming intractability of this issue, readers are encouraged to contact their local, state, and national representatives and urge action. These tragedies, and the nation’s response to them, will remain so stiflingly, agonizingly predictable until they aren’t.