On Wednesday, Midnight host Seth Meyers handle mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, where an 18-year-old – wielding a handgun and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle with high-capacity magazines – entered Robb Elementary and opened fire, killing 19 students and two great. Meyers criticized congressional Republicans (and honorary Republican Joe Manchin) for invoking similar conventional excuses after the tragedy, 27order shooting schools this year, instead of addressing the apparent lack of gun control in America.
“This is the same Senate that has moved at the speed of a Saturn V rocket to give Supreme Court justices more security when some people are picnicking outside their homes, so,” he said. that will tell you about their priorities,” he said. “When they do want to protect someone, they can do it quickly. ”
And while the Manchins and Mitch McConnells around the world are spouting words and refusing to act, the most corrupt of our politics are suggesting that instead of doing the obvious, he continued: However, many other countries have done it successfully, simply passing laws that regulate the number of guns in the country and how easily they can be obtained, instead we should equip teachers and basically make schools to become a solid military base”.
After the Uvalde mass shooting, Ted Cruz suggested that schools need more armed law enforcement officers on campus — a view echoed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who went went further and said that we should give retired members of the military tax a break in exchange for arming and manning the school perimeter. (Uvalde had an armed UCISD officer who engaged the shooter before he entered the school but was shot and disabled; police responding also spoke to the shooter before he entered the school. to no avail, and was later reportedly denied entry to the school to stop him.)
Cruz and Texas Governor Dan Patrick further argued that schools only need a single entrance, which would Great if there happens to be, say, a fire (I’m joking, of course). Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated that we should equip and train teachers. And Fox News guest Pat Brosnan, a retired NYPD detective, even pitched the idea of school boobytrapping with “person traps” and “trip ropes.”
“Have you lost your mind? You want to turn your school into a maximum security prison with human traps and wires and teachers with guns? ‘ exclaimed Meyers. ‘If these people do it their way, everything will be a fucking mess RoboCop. There are really no words for how grotesque this is. They want to equip teachers, but they’re not even willing to throw enough money at schools to get them history books that don’t end with the fall of the Berlin Wall. “
“It doesn’t always have to be like this,” he later added. “We can change everything. And if you are a powerful person, you right act.”