The bitter truth is that Alison Parker and Adam Ward — the two WDBJ TV crew members shot and killed Wednesday morning in a sneak attack in Virginia — died in vain.
Sadly, their deaths will not change the fact that far too many Americans cling to their guns, despite the tremendous carnage they cause in this country.
The cowards in Congress won’t do anything to pass stronger national gun laws.
The ideologues in the National Rifle Association will twist the incident into a campaign arguing more people should be armed.
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And the vast majority of legislators in Missouri, Kansas and many other states will ignore the blood shed by the pair of victims and refuse to do anything meaningful to keep guns off the streets.
You can now add the names of reporter Parker and cameraman Ward to the list of people whose deaths mean nothing to the NRA or its supporters.
And you can add the name of the shooter, Vester Flanagan, a former WDBJ employee, to the list of people who had access to guns and used them to end other people’s lives.
Wednesday’s incidents come after all the other, numbing shootings that have occurred this year and in previous years, in which guns were used in senseless murders.
Rational people realize background checks are responsible ways to allow the cherished Second Amendment to be kept in place, even while weapons are kept out of the hands of some people in this nation.
Indeed, the vast majority of Americans support this basic step toward a safer America.
But the easily intimidated politicians in Washington have actively opposed even this kind of reasonable action.
America is awash in guns, and the deaths of Alison Parker and Adam Ward at the hands of Vester Flanagan will do absolutely nothing to change that situation.
How utterly depressing news that is to report.