The shooter in today’s gun rampage at a northern California elementary school was armed with a military-style semi-automatic rifle and had several multi-round clips in his tactical vest. The gunman, who killed four people and wounded ten, was killed at the scene of the crime.

Witnesses at the scene report hearing hundreds of rounds being shot, yet Republicans in Congress have gone out of their way to avoid taking up any kind of meaningful gun control legislation, such as reviving the ban on assault weapons that was in place from 1994 until 2004, or even outlawing the bump stock accessory that was used to turn semi-automatic rifles into automatic weapons in the Las Vegas massacre a few short weeks ago.

With the new revelation about the type of weapon used in the latest tragedy, one would think that the clamor for sensible gun control legislation would finally penetrate the NRA-shielded hearts of the Republican-led Congress and lead to at least the opening of a robust debate on the merits of closing gun control loopholes.

Raise your hands if you think that the most that will happen is more discussions about how it is “too soon” to bring up the topic after the tragedy and the offering of “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families./

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