As funeral services are taking place this week in Uvalde, Texas, for the 19 children killed by an 18-year-old gunman with an assault weapon, Kansas Sen. Roger Marshall cautioned against overreacting to this latest tragedy.

When asked by the New York Times whether he would support a commonsense plan to strengthen background checks for gun buyers, Marshall replied, “I think we should all take a deep breath here and try to figure out what causes the problems here before we start jumping to potential solutions.”

Rod Haxton is publisher of The Scott County Record in Scott City, Kan. He can be reached at