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Members of Congress, state lawmakers and gun lobbyists expect you to be numb.

They expect you to feel helpless after this past week's shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. 

They expect you to get consumed by the daily grind and non-stop scandal and forget about the 17 killed there. 

They expect you to accept that any semblance of meaningful gun control -- even bolstered background checks -- are dead on arrival.

They expect you to embrace their fear-mongering about Muslims and Mexicans, while white U.S.-born men continue laying waste at schools, churches, concerts and nightclubs.

They expect you to ignore that mass shootings like these are, almost universally, an American phenomenon.

They expect you to believe their vacuous claims about "mental health," as if Americans are the only people who struggle with it.

They expect you to look the other way when they de-fund mental health treatment programs. 

They expect you to ignore that a single type of firearm, the AR-15 and its clones, is the common thread in these tragedies.

They expect you to rally around the interests of the gun lobby.

They expect you to close off any outside debate and cling to an expansive, unsupported view of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

They expect you to rant on Facebook, but prove too disengaged to show up at the polls on Election Day.

They expect you to value access to assault rifles over the lives of other Americans.

They expect you to grow enraged when a friend or relative questions whether weapons of war have any place in society.

They expect you to ignore their fecklessness when they mention possible reforms and then do nothing, which was the case after last year's massacre in Las Vegas.

They expect you to respond with fear and demand even looser gun laws at your Statehouse.

They expect you to shrug when a system of government -- designed to solve problems -- is so paralyzed that it simply can't respond.

They expect you to believe that these kind of shootings are necessary sacrifices in a free society.

They expect you to consider "thoughts and prayers" an adequate response.

They expect you to get wrapped up in your own life and forget about the pile of bodies.

They expect you to sigh when, in a few weeks, this all happens again.

They expect the American people to share in their dysfunction and cowardice.  

Those killed in Wednesday's mass shooting in Florida

                                                                                                                  Alyssa Alhadeff, 14                                                   Scott Beigel, 35

                                                                                                                  Martin Duque Anguiano, 14                                       Nicholas Dworet, 17

                                                                                                                  Aaron Feis, 37                                                          Jaime Guttenberg, 14

                                                                                                                  Chris Hixon, 49                                                         Luke Hoyer, 15

                                                                                                                  Cara Loughran, 14                                                    Gina Montalto, 14

                                                                                                                  Joaquin Oliver, 17                                                     Alaina Petty, 14

                                                                                                                  Meadow Pollack, 18                                                   Helena Ramsay, 17

                                                                                                                  Alex Schachter, 14                                                    Carmen Schentrup, 16

Peter Wang, 15


Local editorials represent the opinion of the Quad-City Times editorial board, which consists of Publisher Deb Anselm, Editorial Page Editor Jon Alexander, Associate Editor Bill Wundram and community representative John Wetzel.


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