Colorado Shooter Likely Got Guns With Ease

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This morning, as the country digested the terrible events that unfolded in Aurora, Colorado, overnight—where a gunman killed
twelve people and wounded 38 others in a packed movie theater—New York
City Mayor Michael Bloomberg immediately called for a renewed
conversation on gun control. “You know, soothing words are nice, but
maybe it’s time that the two people who want to be president of the
United States stand up and tell us what they are going to do about it,
because this is obviously a problem across the country,” he said. “There
are so many murders with guns every day, it’s just got to stop.”

The usual suspects raked
Bloomberg over the coals for “politicizing” the shootings, which is
nonsense. When there are plane crashes, we talk about flight safety.
When there are wildfires, we talk about fire prevention. Terrorist
attacks beget huge (often over-reactive) conversations about security
measures.

So when one person is able to shoot fifty people in rapid succession
before police arrive, it’s sensible to talk about whether it should be
so easy. Guns aren’t exclusively to blame for the tragedy, but they sure
did help make it possible, and multiply the destruction.

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