The current wave of gun violence in the U.S. is, in part, due to the negligence and ideological rigidness of Republicans, holds Paul Waldman of The Washington Post. They have consistently expressed their shock at mass shootings only to fall shamefully short when it came to making a difference. Only recently did the U.S. president sign a law that would make it easier for people with mental health issues to acquire guns. When a bipartisan initiative was made to stop the spread of bump stocks, this too was buried by the GOP. Republicans have suppressed all meaningful efforts at reducing the tragedies that befall America.
Blaming Republicans for the lack of effective gun regulation being put in place in America misunderstands an issue that is, in fact, rather complicated, infers Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review. Even when the Democrats ruled Congress, they were unable to muster enough votes to ban assault weapons. The fact of the matter is that a small but significant portion of voters is religiously dedicated to preserving gun rights, while the vast majority of voters consider guns a secondary issue. As the latter group chooses politicians by other categories, going against guns can swing elections. To simply blame the GOP is wrong.