‘Today’s not the day’: A school shooting in Connecticut, and a familiar question about gun control

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In a shooting incident that was horrifying even by the standards of some of the other recent gun massacres across the country, 18 schoolchildren were killed by a gunman at a Connecticut school.

So far the political reaction has been similar to the ones that followed the other incidents: liberal Democrats representing solidly liberal Democratic constituencies are calling for action on gun control, and Democratic party leaders, up to the president, so far, aren't.

As was the case after the other incidents, the media is asking whether this will finally be the event that leads to a concerted push for tighter gun-control laws, entailing a fight with Republicans and, more significantly, the National Rifle Association. 

It's not clear yet that it will be.

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Jerry Nadler said in a statement: "If now is not the time to have a serious discussion about gun control... I don’t know when is."

Nancy Pelosi talked about the "tragic shooting" without mentioning legislation.

The president's spokesman said "today's not the day" to talk about gun control. (The president himself is due to deliver a statement at 3:15 in the Brady Press Briefing Room.) 

The mayor is due to issue a statement condemning the president and "Washington" for its lack of productive action to this point.

And the president and Washington, if precedent holds, will talk about how terrible the shooting was and then wait for the story to fade away.