Published May 16, 2022
This weekend’s spate of mass shootings is a depressingly familiar blot on our nation. It’s long past time for political leaders at all levels of government to work to reverse the spiraling trend. The National Rifle Association and other Second Amendment advocates should lead the way.
Let’s get a few things out of the way at the outset: Yes, the responsibility for these awful acts of murder and terrorism rests with the shooters. Yes, it’s inevitable that some mass shootings will occur in any society with private gun ownership. Yes, there are already laws on the books designed to prevent these tragedies that too often are not properly enforced.
Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.