“We need to do more than just pray for the victims and their families. It’s time in Texas ... to make sure this tragedy is never repeated.”
—Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Santa Fe High School seniors were scheduled to graduate Saturday morning — but that all changed when a fellow student opened fire in an art classroom Friday morning.
When it was all over, at least 10 students were killed and 10 injured — including a school resource officer who confronted the 17-year-old gunman and was shot.
It’s too early to know what the final cost of Friday’s attack will be — not just in lives but those teenagers and teachers who will never be the same after confronting death.
What is the answer?
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, penned an open letter to President Donald Trump and our country’s leaders after the carnage in Texas became more apparent.
“When is enough enough?” Cuomo asks. “How many more innocent people have to die before you act?”
The governor urges Trump and leaders to take action. “You were elected to lead — do something. Your first responsibility is to the people of this country — not the NRA — do something,” he repeated.
Extactly what should we do? As our editorial cartoon below indicates, Americans are used to the six steps following a mass shooting like Friday’s in Texas. We move from shock to thoughts and prayers to a call to action to a partisan shouting match to nothing happens.
As we’ve said in this space before, we need a serious discussion about guns in this country. We’ve advocated there is no need for semi-automatic weapons of any kind. We still feel that way. But Friday’s attack didn’t involve a semi-automatic gun. The gunman used a sawed-off shotgun and a .38 caliber revolver.
Don’t think it can’t happen in Edgar County because it can happen anywhere in our country. No matter how many doors someone has to jump through to enter a building — if they want to start shooting — they will.
Here’s our challenge to our readers. What’s the answer? How do we stop this killing in our schools and public places? Can we ever be safe again?