Editorial: Pulse may increase very soon

Mar. 26, 2013 @ 05:40 PM

Three months later, the pulse is not as rapid but the boil is just below the surface. We expect activity to soon increase.

The next two weeks are important. Our elected leaders from Washington are going to be home on break. A few are passing through the Tri-County.

Guns were in the news and at a fever pitch after the December tragedy in Newtown, Conn. It was a repeat news cycle of sorts in the saddest of ways. Someone we’ve never heard of opens fire at a public venue and the resulting aftermath is sympathy for the victims, calls for better laws to prevent it and usually a period of inactivity.

The inactivity isn’t all bad. Knee-jerk reactions are risky. Thoughtful moves with actions of purpose usually serve us best.

Today’s world doesn’t always allow that to happen. We often hear the loudest screamer, or the wealthiest, or maybe the one who always has the microphone.

President Barack Obama said he would put his best man on the task and chose Vice President Joe Biden. A mayoral group is bickering publicly using dollar amounts with many zeroes against the National Rifle Association.

Senators in the Beltway are expected next month to vote on new legislation. They’ll likely see a bill with tougher laws and stronger sentences for gun trafficking, federal background checks and school safety grants. The ban on assault-style weapons may be voted on separately, but is believed to be capable of sinking the other measures if coupled in the bill.

And our pulse closer to home?

An Elon University poll last month confirmed North Carolinians overwhelmingly want background checks and waiting periods, but banning assault weapons is closer to 50/50. Gov. Pat McCrory last week established the Center for Safer Schools.

Conceal carry permit requests have risen, mainly in fear of possible government actions. Last week’s informational session in Oxford on gun control and the Second Amendment barely attracted two dozen.

Lawmakers should get the consensus-backed sure things. Grants to schools are a no-brainer.

But they must also realize those measures alone are just chips at a problem, as we’ve stated in this space before, much deeper within our society.