Don’t Let This Moment Pass

AUG. 05, 2019

Read full Bloomberg Opinion op-ed here

 

Maybe this time will be different. That’s the thought on the minds of many Americans now.

Two mass shootings in 24 hours have left at least 29 people murdered and many dozens more wounded. This, just a few days after a shooter at a festival in California killed three and wounded a dozen — with shooting sprees in Brooklyn, Chicago and Mississippi that also left people dead, dozens wounded and communities shaken.

President Donald Trump addressed the nation today but failed to mention the two most important words in this debate: background checks. While he said he supports a federal red-flag law, which allows law enforcement to remove guns from those who pose serious mental-health risks, he has yet to push for it. And he pinned more blame on video games and the internet than on our laws that enable such horrific violence — the usual dodge.

And so a familiar ritual threatens to repeat. Politicians express sympathy for the victims, hint at openness to insufficient actions, then run out the clock as public attention moves elsewhere. It’s an appalling cycle of political malfeasance that is in danger of recurring even now — after a weekend in which a man in El Paso murdered 20 and wounded dozens, and the very next day a shooter in Dayton killed at least nine and wounded at least 26.

This mustn’t be allowed to happen. These new atrocities need to change the political dynamic. Senator Lindsey Graham stated on Saturday: “Time to do more than pray. Time to enact common-sense legislation in Congress to empower states to deal with those who present a danger to themselves and others — while respecting robust due process.”

He’s right — only it’s past time. And it’s not enough.

MIKE BLOOMBERG

Founder of Independence USA PAC, Founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, Co-founder of the Partnership for a New American Economy, and Co-chair of Building America's Future

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