A Metropolitan Police Department officer walks near the Washington Navy Yard after at least one gunman launched an attack inside the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallways at the heavily secured military installation in the heart of the nation's capital, in Washington, on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. • AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
That was fast.
Gun control debates began within hours of the shooting Monday morning at a Washington, D.C. naval office building that claimed the lives of 12 people, plus the gunman.
Coming less than a year after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre, not to mention the Aurora, Colo., shootings and many more gun related tragedies in recent years, a debate on firearms was inevitable. Usually, though, there's a moratorium on such political debates for at least a couple of days.
Not this time.
On MSNBC Monday afternoon, host Ed Schultz led a discussion with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne and former Democratic Congressman Tom Perriello (Va.) about what they each called the need for tighter gun control laws. Schultz did acknowledge on-air that the prospects seemed dim. Particularly after last week's recall of two Democratic Colorado state senators who pushed stricter laws. That on top of the U.S. Senate's defeat in April of a proposal for background checks on gun buyers.
One of television's most fervent voices for gun restrictions, CNN host Piers Morgan, also weighed in. But gun control opponents were quick to counter his arguments.
Daily Beast writer David Frum, who calls himself a conservative, said it's the right time for a gun control debate. He mocked the arguments that gun control opponents are sure to make. Washington Navy Yard, Frum wrote:
Joins the long roll of place names indelibly associated with massacre and grief: Columbine, Virginia Tech, Newtown. I write on the day of the killing. Gun enthusiasts say it is inappropriate to talk about gun violence at the time it occurs. Better to wait ... and wait ... and wait ... until time has passed, and the weeping next of kin have vanished from TV, and it's safe to return to business as usual. The idea of the gun enthusiasts is that the way to show respect for the victims of gun violence is to do everything possible to multiply their number.
America's uniquely grisly record of gun death cannot be addressed without addressing guns.
Politix, and via The Daily Beast.