Another school shooting — and Washington’s done nothing since the last

Another day, another 10 victims — nine students and a teacher — shot to death, this time in a high school in the Houston suburb of Santa Fe.

And another reminder that Washington, from President Trump on down, has failed to do anything about comprehensive and sensible gun-control measures.

As the president himself said Friday, “This has been going on too long in our country.” Indeed, it was painful to see so many students telling reporters “it was going to happen here eventually.”

It’s still too early to say for certain what sparked this latest horror: The 17-year-old alleged shooter was an honor student and athlete whose life appears to have recently taken a dark turn.

Officials say he came to school wearing a “Born to Kill” T-shirt, armed with an AR-15-style rifle, a pistol and a shotgun. He also planted explosives in the school.

It’s a sadly familiar story. So is the repeated failure to fulfill the vow Trump made yet again Friday: “to do everything in our power to protect our students, secure our schools and to keep weapons out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves and to others.”

In the wake of February’s Parkland, Fla., shooting, in which 17 died, we laid out several measures we believe provide layers of security while protecting Second Amendment gun-ownership rights.

They include raising the minimum age to buy a long gun from 18 to 21, as it is for handguns. Trump initially signaled support for the move, but later backtracked after opposition from the National Rifle Association, complaining “there’s not much political support” for it.

He has also ordered the Justice Department to come up with proposals to ban the sale of bump stocks. But it has been more than two months with no sign that the regulations he promised would be coming “very soon.”

And in the absence of strong presidential leadership, a reflectively timid Congress has sat on its hands and done nothing.

It’s getting tiring to keep asking “if not now, when?” — especially as the body count of young people keeps rising.

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