Hello TPM Members and welcome to the weekend,
Two mass shootings within a few hours of each other last weekend underscored just how insane it is that we live this way, prompting a week of wondering if anything will change this time, when it hasn’t so many times before. Here’s some of what happened in Prime.
- A reader from El Paso writes in that it’s particularly “infuriating” that the shooter drove across Texas to target a largely immigrant community: “this white nationalism and gun culture and all the rest is brewed outside of El Paso and someone drives 9 hours to import it in.”
- Trump wants the DOJ to “develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.” Josh Kovensky explains why that’s nearly impossible to do.
- What to make of the fact that the Dayton shooter appeared to be on the political left.
- Get ready for a new wave of litigation in the fight to restrict the vote.
- What a Steve Bannon presentation in 2014 has to do with the El Paso shooting.
- Here’s why we’re following the McGahn lawsuit closely.
- The Trump administration is moving two government agencies to Kansas City, apparently in order to make a bunch of government employees quit.
- A lot of Republican are retiring from Congress. We’re keeping a running list.
- Josh Marshall writes that “we should expect and prepare for fifteen months of escalation as [Trump] tries to light his core supporters on fire and polarize the population.”
- The NRA is weakened and elections are around the corner. Could a new political reality mean changes on gun control?
- In the past, personal brushes with gun violence have changed Republicans’ minds.
- A man in his 20s with weapons, body armor, more than a hundred rounds of ammunition and army fatigues was arrested wandering around a Missouri Walmart yesterday. It’s not clear he broke any law.
- A decades-old video shows how views on guns have changed.