What We’re Following
The View from Parkland: Community members and survivors of last week’s high-school shooting in Parkland, Florida, expressed the urgency of gun-law reforms to leaders including Senator Marco Rubio, National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch, and local law enforcement at a CNN-hosted town hall on Wednesday night. President Trump, who also held a listening session with survivors, suggested that qualified teachers should be armed against school shooters, but that solution is unlikely to help the students or educators who now describe a climate of fear in their schools. And Heather Sher, a radiologist who treated the victims from Parkland, is unequivocal about what she learned from their wounds: “It’s clear to me that AR-15 or other high-velocity weapons, especially when outfitted with a high-capacity magazine, have no place in a civilian’s gun cabinet.”
The Gun Policy Debate: Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the NRA, accused gun-control advocates of exploiting tragedy and asserted that gun ownership is a God-given right in a provocative speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference. David Frum calls attitudes like this one irresponsible and self-indulgent. Yet deeply entrenched beliefs about Second Amendment rights run all the way up to the Supreme Court, and have tended to stymie policy changes after mass shootings while other deadly events prompt swift action. Even Trump’s proposal to ban bump stocks is looking like a hollow gesture to experts on both sides of the debate. To pass meaningful legislation, gun-control advocates would need a majority in the House of Representatives. Here’s how they could get it.