The NRA renewed its push to have teenagers carrying guns, just as a veterans home was under siege by a gunman who killed three women.
And this came on the same day a shooter took the lives of three women in California.
The NRA has publicly complained about the effective advocacy of teenage survivors from Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida. One board member even bemoaned “sympathy” for “kids getting killed.”
Indeed, after the Parkland shooting, Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that raised the age to buy a gun in Florida from 18 to 21. The bill also extended a three-day waiting period to long guns and bump stocks.
But the NRA is predictably opposed to even those common sense measures to prevent gun violence. And even as it filed the lawsuit, a veterans home in California was under siege by an armed gunman.
When the situation was resolved, three women had been killed. Christine Loeber, Jen Golick, and Jennifer Gonzales were all employees at Yountville Veterans Home.
California Gov. Jerry Brown released a statement on the murders: “Anne and I are deeply saddened by the horrible violence at the Yountville Veterans Home, which tragically took the lives of three people dedicated to serving our veterans.”
The gunman, who was shot and killed by police, was “armed with a semiautomatic rifle” which had “a lot of ammo,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
One dispatcher told police to “be advised” because the shooter had “a stash of bullets around his neck.”
Elementary schools, high schools, movie theaters, and now veterans homes have all been the sites of multiple homicides. Innocent civilians are under threat in America from the flood of guns on the streets.
Meanwhile, the NRA is in court, feverishly working so that teenagers can carry what even veterans have described as weapons of war.