On Friday, as the death toll from the latest school shooting ticked up, the predictable 'thoughts and prayers' poured in from GOP lawmakers.
A few even scrambled to offer solutions to gun violence that were unrelated to guns. Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick observed that "there are too many entrances and too many exits" to properly guard schools. "Maybe we need to look at limiting the entrance and exits into our schools," he said.
Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was gunned down in Parkland, Florida, called in to MSNBC to push for a more direct strategy: curb the NRA's ability to buy off politicians, who are then too cowed by the gun lobby to pass meaningful reforms.
"We have irresponsible pathetic leaders who are letting it be that way, but it is changing on local levels. Laws are changing in cities, in states, every day right now. What's happening is the NRA is suing all of those states and cities for doing it. So, here's what you do," Guttenberg says. "Every city, every state should go pass gun safety legislation now. Force the NRA to file a lawsuit all over this country against everybody."
Recently, NRA President Oliver North called some gun control advocates "civil terrorists. "We're people who just [just over] three months ago had people we love killed with an AR-15," Guttenberg told Raw Story. "Don't try to shut us up."