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SHOOTING: Falling through the cracks

Letter by Karin J. Morris, Tacoma on Jan. 12, 2011 at 4:08 pm | 105 Comments »
January 12, 2011 4:08 pm

Every year or so someone deranged “falls through the cracks,” obtains a gun and then proceeds to shoot a number of people.

There were the two who stole an openly displayed gun from a gun shop here in Tacoma and then shot a number of people at random in the D.C. area. Their behavior “fell through the cracks.”

A strangely behaving student at Virginia Tech “fell through the cracks,” got a gun and killed fellow students.

Loner Columbine students also “fell through the cracks” and shot several at their school.

At Fort Hood, a weirdly behaving psychiatrist “fell through the cracks” and shot several soldiers.

And now this tragedy in Tucson. Again we are told a killer’s disturbed behavior “fell through the cracks.” He was able to get a semiautomatic with 30 rounds and thus could kill several people.

It seems that our gun laws are “cracked” and dysfunctional.

And yet we go on allowing guns in parks, in public places, to be worn openly or concealed without a permit. All for self-protection.

Yes, the Second Amendment, written back when an armed populace was probably relevant. Also a time when hate-spewing blogs or violence-inciting TV commentators were not widely available.

How come all those “protective” guns do not protect us from tragedies like the above? Was there not someone there at that Tucson gathering with a gun who could stop what occurred?

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