11 March 2009
Reason magazine has a rapid response to this week's mass shootings, the editors no doubt realizing that something had to be said quickly against gun control. So what they said, in effect, was that if the kid in Wessenden could grab his parents' guns and run amok under Germany's existing strong gun-control laws, then they must do little good, and stronger laws would do little good here. Of course, the writer has only the Washington Post's word that Germany's laws are "strict." Perhaps they're not strict enough, but Reason is easily satisfied if the words appear to prove their point.Also check out the comments, including the predictable tripe from the cowboy wannabes who imagine themselves capable of stopping a determined killer. How many of them have ever faced such a person? Unless any of these blowhards have been in Iraq or Afghanistan recently, I suggest that they watch what they say. You never know if your actions will live up to your words.