The kids are all right. They give me hope that things are going to change.
Not quickly. But I think this time, the discussion might not end with the news cycle.
Obviously they're never going to convince the Fox News crowd to change their minds (and man, "Fox News went off the deep end" is a weird sentence to write but it's true; ranting about false flags and paid actors used to just be Alex Jones's thing), but they don't have to. They just have to convince enough of the large majority that favors tighter gun restrictions to treat that as just as strong a litmus test as the anti-gun control minority does, and turn out to vote in greater numbers. That's not an easy task, but it feels more like an attainable one today than it did a week ago.
In the near term, the best we can reasonably hope for is a bump stock ban and a few token changes to background check policy -- and if I'm being honest, I don't even expect those to pass. But in the long term...well, maybe this comes to nothing, but maybe it's a turning point.