Will shooting in New Orleans have consequences in DC?

Another day, another shooting; this one in New Orleans.

Here’s part of the report from the AP:

Gunmen opened fire as dozens of people marched in a Mother’s Day second-line parade in New Orleans on Sunday, wounding at least 12 people, police said.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas told reporters that a 10-year-old girl grazed by a bullet was among those wounded in the shooting around 2 p.m. She was in good condition. He said three or four people were in surgery but their conditions weren’t known. No deaths were reported.

Depressingly, this might not be that noteworthy, as far as stories about gun violence in America are concerned. Americans are shot all the time in otherwise peaceful settings. But people, it seems, are acutely sensitive to such stories again in the wake of the Senate’s failure to pass Newtown-inspired gun control.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake is from a state that hosted a high profile shooting incident, and he took a tumble in the polls after voting against the Manchin-Toomey amendment on expanded background checks (John McCain voted for the amendment).

If the same happens to David Vitter – he voted against Toomey-Manchin, too; Mary Landrieu voted in the affirmative – it could suggest that the gun control lobby is starting to turn the tide.

Samuel Knight

Samuel Knight is a freelance journalist living in DC and a former intern at the Washington Monthly.