We can only applaud the passage Monday of a law aimed to reduce the sexual predations of people such as Larry Nassar, the scandalous gymnastics trainer who assaulted so many young girls in the name of treatment (“Bill targets abuse in amateur athletics,” Page A5, Jan. 3o). Legislation followed only days after Nassar’s sentencing to 40 to 175 years in prison. Was this a knee-jerk reaction to current events? Action certainly came swiftly.
Why, then, is it not possible for Congress to act with similar dispatch when we have a gun massacre? Not to minimize the suffering of Nassar’s victims, but they are still alive to testify against him. Victims of Columbine and Newtown, for example, should have an equal voice of protest. But of course, they cannot. They must rely on the voices of surviving parents and friends to help them speak from the grave. Somehow these voices have not had enough impact to influence Congress to take even minimal steps, such as gun registration and background checks to curb gun violence in this country today.
When will legislators show the leadership to react to events that have killed large numbers of people, and stand up to vocal lobbyists as quickly as their knees have jerked in the Nassar case?