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Post-mass-shooting gun politics in the United States have become largely predictable. Democrats will push new gun laws, and at most a small handful of Republicans — often in the affected states — will talk about entertaining some ideas. Then stasis reigns, after memories fade and gun-rights advocates assert their will.
But there have been some exceptions. One came last year, when Congress passed its most significant gun laws in nearly three decades after a mass killing at an elementary school in Uvalde, Tex. Another came in 2018, when GOP-controlled Florida codified new restrictions after a mass killing at a high school in Parkland, Fla.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee (R) has now signaled he’ll attempt some of what Florida did after a mass killing in his home state left a close family friend dead.
But even the way he talks about it reinforces the difficulty that lies ahead, as does the initial reaction from his side of the aisle.
Lee on Wednesday announced…
This article was written by Aaron Blake and originally published on www.washingtonpost.com