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I'm a huge fan of your blog, and of your writing in general. You usually seem to have a pragmatic and reasonable take that I typically agree with most days.

I'd like to agree with you that "The existing law would have worked if not for a bureaucratic snafu on the part of the Air Force who didn't report his record." but there is no indication that it would have made a difference at all. You, like almost every other reporter from those on Fox to CNN to MSNBC seem to have forgotten the "Private Sale" or "Gun Show" loophole https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_show_loophole

So far I've only heard it mentioned on NPR, and then only in passing. So, even enforcing the laws we have will make little to no difference as long as anyone can buy or sell to anyone else on Craigslist. So, the shooter would have been stopped from purchasing at Academy Sports, or Wal-Mart, or the local gun shop. But he likely would not have been deterred.

Mike Peterson

No argument except that the way he got the guns was not a sign of bad law but of incompetent compliance. So that remains true. Had he bought the guns at a gun show, that would have been more relevant, but let's go back to the Aurora theater shooting for that one.

Nice thing about this country is we don't have to stretch logic -- we simply have to refer to the mass shooting that fits the point we want to make!

Kip W

"We can't talk about mass shootings now because it's too soon till the next one."


I am surprised to see that "Political cartoon stirs up mixed reviews..." is NEWS. Old dopey me always thought that was an every day occurrence in the land of political cartoons.

Hank G.

The Andy Marlette cartoon just makes me feel sad. I can’t see the humor in it, but I agree that it is really good work. So many wasted lives…

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