May 22, 2018

Booksellers are showing up for Santa Fe victims. Elected officials? Not so much.


Over the weekend, the good people at Murder by the Book and Blue Willow Bookshop donated a percentage of their profits to Everytown, “a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”

The Houston booksellers’ efforts were motivated by the latest in what is now a very long and terrifying line of school shootings. “Our hearts are breaking over the tragedy at Santa Fe High School,” they said in a statement. “High school students and teachers are members of our close-knit teams, and a significant part of our mission is to connect young readers in our community with books and authors.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick continues to insist that guns are not the problem. For USA Today, Alan Gomez and Julia Garcia report: “Patrick gave a long list of reasons that led to Friday’s shooting, including violent video games, the elimination of religion from public schools, abortion, the breakdown of families, unarmed teachers, and the design of schools that includes too many entrances. But he stressed that guns were not to blame, explaining that they are ‘part of who we are as a nation.’”

This, obviously, is insane.



Taylor Sperry is a former Melville House editor.