Soon Republicans and the NRA will agree to make it a bit harder to acquire bump stocks. Then they’ll puff out their chests, tell us all how much they care, and go on offering prayers for the victims of the next slaughter—and the next.

If prayers were effective against America’s gun death epidemic, victims would be coming back to life left and right. Alas, the statistics for 2017 will look pretty much like they look every year:

  • American gun deaths 33,667

  • American gun death resurrections: 0