The death toll in the Uvalde, Texas, school shooting now stands at 19 elementary school children and two teachers, with at least 17 others injured. The state’s Republican leaders immediately launched into defenses that tried to push blame onto everything other than their own efforts to reduce even the flimsiest hurdles standing between Texas mass murderers and weapons of war. The National Rifle Association is still planning to hold its convention in Houston this weekend.
The Supreme Court, meanwhile, is preparing to release a new evisceration of gun safety laws even more extreme than earlier efforts. So long as the Supreme Court remains in the hands of ideologues handpicked by the party that backed an attempted coup, we can expect violence in America to rapidly intensify.