What a relief. After the shocking death toll in Orlando, we don't have to worry about mass shootings, any more. Speaker Paul Ryan has fixed that problem: He led the House of Representatives in a moment of silence in memory of the 49 victims killed in last weekend's slaughter.
For Ryan and House Republicans, that's all the carnage in Orlando -- the worst mass shooting in American history -- deserved: a quick moment of silence, and then it was on to more important issues, like cutting food stamps. Their cavalier attitude toward one mass murder after another is enough to make you want to puncture that moment of silence with screams of outrage.
Which is what House Democrats did this week. After respectfully observing the silent tribute, they filled the chamber with chants of "Where's the bill? Where's the bill?" But, of course, despite filibuster efforts by Democratic senators, led by Chris Murphy of Connecticut, it appears that no legislation will be forthcoming after the gun violence in Orlando, no more than there was after Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado, Charleston, South Carolina, or San Bernardino, California.