"We the people are the ones who hire and fire these politicians, so if we don't get serious, neither will they," the NBC star says.
Megyn Kelly went on a tear Thursday morning with a bipartisan rant against an inactive government in the wake of the Parkland, Florida shooting.
After updating her "Today" viewers with the latest from the Valentine's Day massacre that left 17 dead and 14 wounded, she looked directly into the camera and pulled no punches, saying that we can anticipate absolutely nothing being done to prevent further bloodshed.
"In the meantime, I and other parents have to send our kids to school and play Russian Roulette with their lives," she said.
"There have been at least 12 -- at least 12! -- school shootings in America so far in 2018," Kelly said. "It's February 15th. We're averaging one just about every three or four days. How we doing America? Everyone OK with that?"
But it was a rhetorical question, because our history in these matters was all the answer she needed. "Apparently the answer is in fact yes, because we haven't virtually done anything to stop it," Kelly continued. "We all know what is about to happen right now, don't we? We're gonna say how sorry and shocked and sad we are and then we're gonna move on without doing anything. And then we'll express how sorry and shocked and sad we are at the next one, and the one after that."
Kelly recalled five years ago when she was on the air reporting over the shooting murders of 20 first graders in Newtown, Connecticut. "That was the one. That was the one where we all thought, now we will do something. Now we have to change. But we didn't," she lamented. "In fact, since Newtown there have been nearly 300 school shootings in America; about one a week. If 20 dead first graders don't spur people to action, what will?"
But while she said she doesn't believe the politicians "have the courage it takes to actually push through reform," Kelly believes it's as much our fault as it is theirs. "We the people are the ones who hire and fire these politicians, so if we don't get serious, neither will they."
The two biggest arguments that come up in the wake of these school shootings are mental health and gun reform. Kelly acknowledged that Obama signed a law just over a year ago to implement mental health reform, but Congress still hasn't funded it, so nothing's been done on that front. "It's a beautiful piece of paper. I'm sure it's a great comfort to the folks in Florida today," Kelly said.
But mental health issues aren't a solid indicator of who might commit mass shootings. So then there is the issue of guns in America, of which Kelly said there are over 300 million; 6-10 million AR-15s, like the one used in the Parkland shooting. But no shooting in history has spurred a real debate over gun reform, so she doesn't expect this one to, either.
"No gun reforms are getting through. They're not," Kelly argued. "And most of the ones that will be proposed in the wake of this shooting will be utterly meaningless and wouldn't have even arguably prevented this killing. The NRA is too powerful, our politicians are too weak, and the guns are too ubiquitous."
So what's left to do, other than the now trite "thoughts and prayers" sent to the families and survivors of each shooting? For those parents who have been lucky enough to be spared thus far, they must prepare their children for a potential war zone. "My children, like yours, have to practice hiding in the bathroom to avoid an active shooter," Kelly told her viewers.
She called on President Trump and Congress "to get honest, to give a damn, to maybe take that $25 billion for the border wall and...redirect it toward this problem. How about showing any resolve at all?"