Olathe East Shooting Blame Game: Everybody Against Guns?!?

The Kansas City metro suffers another tragic ritual following the latest school shooting. 

COVID paused this circular debate but, sadly, we're picking up right where we left off.

Here's a local politico making her case despite very little support for a gun crackdown in a profoundly red state:

“My phone has been ringing off the hook today, parents are telling me they don’t want to wait for this to happen again. They don’t want to wait to have something even more serious happen than what happened today,” Kansas Senator Cindy Holscher, from Overland Park said. “This is not normal, and we shouldn’t think of it as being normal.”

She plans to challenge other legislators to look at the situation differently. She encourages people to reach out to local lawmakers and the need to hear from the community.

Meanwhile, another worthwhile quote sent our way that actually doesn't sound so unreasonable . . . 

"These tragedies will continue to happen as long as it remains easier to sneak a gun into a school than it is to bring a pocket knife into a baseball or football stadium. We clearly value some potential targets more than others despite continual shock about school shootings."

Accordingly . . . 

The JoCo school shooting might mobilize more Democratic Party voters as midterms approach. In fact, this part of Kansas is already so progressive that the Kansas GOP needs to cut it in half or risk losing a congressional seat for good. 

Of course kids suffering gunfire is tragic and regrettable but not nearly as newsworthy as the political context of the crisis in an election year.

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .

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You decide . . .