In the past, we might have jumped the gun on mass shootings.
Perhaps it was too soon to discuss these tragedies directly after they happen.
Emotions were still raw, the NRA was still updating its website and the dead had yet to be buried.
So, we waited a week before we put our words in print about the latest slaughter.
But by now, what is there to talk about? What more’s left to discuss after Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and Parkland?
And those are just massacres in schools. What of those in nightclubs, concerts, churches and restaurants?
We recently asked ourselves what will it take to reduce access to deadly weapons of choice to kill as many people as possible as fast as possible?
Truth be known, if we ever were going to reach that point it would have had to be after the Sandy Hook school tragedy in Connecticut.
That was the one where 20 first-graders and six teachers and administrators were slaughtered. Most of them shot more than once.
Or could it be we have to top the record bloodbath in October that cost 58 concertgoers their lives? Aim for 100?
After the 26 dead in a Texas church, or the 17 dead in a Florida high school or the 10 bodies in a Texas high school last week, they’re all starting to run together, now.
The concert shooting was the one where there we talked about banning bump stocks, which lets a shooter fire a semi-automatic rifle at a rate similar to a fully automatic weapon. Twelve of the 14 AR-15 rifles found in that shooter’s hotel rooms were outfitted with bump stocks and 100-round magazines.
Some are convinced that the rights of citizens to own, have easy access to and upgrade such arsenals is not the problem. Instead, they point to everything from abortion and ritalin to violent video games and … school doors.
True enough, this latest mass shooting did happen with firearms — a shotgun and a .38 caliber revolver — many would consider outside the realm of gun control.
The teenage shooter’s guns also belonged to his father. Though the teen should never have had access to them.
We have endorsed universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, magazine capacity limits, raising the age limit on semi-automatic weapons and even banning them.
One more worth adding to that list now is mandating liability insurance to own firearms. Insurers are not going to sell policies to just anyone and for certain weapons it may not be affordable. But it’s certain to make all gun owners more responsible than some now are.
Thoughts and prayers will never be enough to stop gun violence in America.
But of course, it can’t hurt to save them for those dead schoolchildren and our nation’s soul.