Last week’s shooting rampage by a college student in Santa Barbara, California — which left seven dead and others wounded — was shocking. But it was not surprising. We have seen this horror film before, too many times.
There are many unanswered questions about how this tragedy could have happened. Everyone involved is asking what more — if anything — they could have done to prevent it. Elected officials across the country ought to be asking the same kinds of questions. But we already know what the gun lobby’s response will be: Require colleges to permit guns on campuses. But make no mistake: The gun lobby is more interested in advancing its ideology than in protecting the lives of students.