Guns and other insanity

So, the consoler-in-chief has visited Las Vegas in the wake of a mass slaughter at a concert there, and, unlike yesterday's shameful performance in Puerto Rico, he stayed on script.  He called the gunman "sick and demented, " but he refused to be drawn into discussing solutions to the mass killings.   Don't look to Donald …

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Training our sights on gun excess

It has been nearly a century since the New York Times published an editorial on its front page. It didn't do so during the Great Depression, the Holocaust or the Vietnam War. Today, in the wake of the lethal San Bernardino terrorist attack, the Times called for an end to the sale of certain kinds of weapons …

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Gun safety: Doing nothing is not an answer

President Obama was lamenter-in-chief in the wake of yet another mass gun murder, last week at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. But his basic message was that he had gone as far as he could without the backing of Congress.  The only thing left for him to do, he told a press conference, was to keep talking about the …

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Name the victims; shame the Congress

Slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker's father, Andy Parker, has become the latest grieving parent calling for gun control. We are all seduced by the notion that simply understanding the impact on real people of the failure to create meaningful universal background checks will somehow lead to a rational response by Congress. We were certain this …

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Colorado shooting scares, saddens and stymies us

Shouting fire in a crowded theater is a terrible thing to do. Opening fire is a horror of a whole order of magnitude. Most of America is struggling to make sense out of 24-year-old neuroscience student James Holmes' rampage, which so far has resulted in the deaths of 12 people and injured 59 others, some of whom may …

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