Today’s word: REPUBLICANS. That one word is why nothing, nothing at all, that would decrease the number of school children killed by firearms stands a chance of getting through Congress.
538’s Significant Digits email is the short version. For more craven cowardice, more congressional and presidential abasement at the feet of the NRA, see the referenced New York Times article, Conceding to N.R.A., Trump Abandons Brief Gun Control Promise.
A piece of legislation in the U.S. Senate that would improve data reporting to the national gun background check database has 62 co-sponsors but is still being held up by Republicans. It’s one of the only bills addressing gun deaths that has even a remote chance of becoming a law in the current Congress. On Monday, President Trump walked back his televised declaration that he would push for near-universal background checks and raising the age limit to purchase rifles. [The New York Times]