Following Wednesday's mass shooting at a high school in the state of Florida, in the United States (US), Congressional Republicans and the White House should now yield to the demands of grieving parents and peers of the massacred children and enact legislation aimed to reducing the ease of availability of guns.
More responsible gun laws have long been the plea and rallying call of many Americans ever since two two students, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, gunned down 12 of their classmates and a teacher at Columbine High School, Columbine, Colorado, on April 20, 1999.
This week's massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, Florida, reportedly by Nikolas Cruz, 19, in which 17 people, including 14 students, were killed, is yet another violent episode of the use of a gun to wreck destruction upon a community, a state and a nation, hence renewing an urgency for greater action by legislators and the White House to restrict the ease of availability to guns in the US.
Will the government act now on gun control legislation?
Congress failed to effectively restrict firearms following an earlier massacre of 22-first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut, December 14, 2013, by Adam Lanza, who also killed his mother. Other mass shootings in Illinois, Texas, Florida and Nevada also failed to trigger meaningful gun legislation in their wakes.
The Republican led Congress and the White House should adhere to pressures from concerned Americans, forego strong support for the National Rifle Association (NRA) and its powerful lobby and enact sensible gun laws to save Americans from a rising cult of violence, which is fueled by an easy availability of guns, including assault weapons.