The first rule of Gun Club: You don't talk about Gun Club:
It is a stark reality when your General Assembly feels it necessary for all public school students to learn how to control bleeding in order to keep schools safe. It is even more stark when, even though it isn’t explicitly said, that bleeding is likely to come from a gunshot wound. But here we are.
The House Select Committee on School Safety approved its report to the full General Assembly, along with draft legislation, Thursday, and without talking about guns, it ends up being all about them.
The really sad (and disgusting) thing is, the main reason NC Republicans refuse to discuss guns, even when it comes to school shootings, is because they're afraid of gun nuts like Paul Valone of GRNC. They're afraid they will be a target in the GOP Primary, which for many of these gerrymandered empty suits is the only electoral danger they face. They would rather do nothing of substance than risk popping up on the radar of these groups, which makes them complicit in whatever future school shootings occur. And it's doubtful if the gun debate will even happen in the near future:
Lawmakers had many questions for Wilcox, but when asked what he would do to keep guns out of school if he had a magic wand, this is what he said:
“It’s a tough question to answer in North Carolina. I think legislation that perhaps compels people to secure the guns that they have in ways that don’t allow them to find their way into the hands of young people.”
He took pains to say he supported the Second Amendment, but if children who legally weren’t allowed guns couldn’t get access to guns that would be helpful.
Later, Rep. Pricey Harrison, D-Guilford, said she hoped when the school safety committee is formed in 2019 that the group talks more about guns, particularly their safe storage. Rep. John Torbett, R-Gaston, chair of the committee, said the focus this year was on mental health, but he didn’t discount the possibility that guns would be on the agenda in 2019.
It shouldn't matter what state the question is being asked in, for god's sake. Gun safety is gun safety, and if we want to stop toddlers from shooting their cousins, and unbalanced students from marching into school with Dad's nine millimeter, we need to take steps.
And here's a heavy dose of irony: Bullying very likely led to the recent shooting at Butler High School, but ten years ago when we tried to pass legislation to curb bullying in schools, Republicans threw a fit because LGBT students were listed as victims that needed to be protected. By the time it was all over with a few years later, the bill that was finally signed into law was so watered-down it didn't do a damn thing to prevent bullying in schools.
The GOP simply can't be relied on to produce solutions, because their twisted ideology gets in the way of everything.