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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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In the wake of the third-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, students and parents are holding Republican politicians accountable for inaction.

As far as former Bush White House Communications Director and MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace is concerned, Republicans are not just refusing to help, they are responsible for the bloodshed. And as a “non-practicing” Republican, Wallace said, she shares the “culpability of a party being held hostage by the NRA.”

“The NRA is a gun lobby out of step with the vast majority of its members that support more common-sense gun measures,” she said. “Most gun owners are for things like gun locks and gun safes. Most gun owners are for background checks.”

Polls back her up. Last October, Politico/Morning Consult found that 64 percent of Americans and 55 percent of gun owners believe gun laws should be stricter. Furthermore, 84 percent support universal background checks, 76 percent support a mandatory 3-day waiting period, and 72 percent support a ban on assault weapons.

Wallace pointed out the contrast with Democrats. “Democrats who are for gun control are fine with doing more for the mentally ill, but Republicans who are for doing more for the mentally ill never, ever, ever, ever want to have gun control,”

She concluded, “When is the Republican Party going wake up and realize it has blood on its hands?”

If anything, Wallace is being overly charitable in saying Republicans seriously want to fund mental health treatment given that they spent all of last year trying to repeal coverage for pre-existing conditions in general.

Moreover, the only bill Trump has signed in office that relates to guns was a bill that undid restrictions on those with severe mental illness seeking to buy guns.

But Wallace has cut to the heart of the problem. There is a consequence to Republicans taking millions in campaign contributions from the NRA and doing it’s bidding. Once again, tragically, they have blood on their hands.