April 18, 2007


Democrats Wary Of Tightening Laws: Split With Party Conservatives Feared (Jonathan Weisman and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, 4/18/07, Washington Post)

The largest mass shooting in U.S. history forced reluctant Democratic leaders in Congress yesterday to confront an issue that divides their party and holds considerable political peril: gun control. [...]

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) boasts of a favorable rating from the National Rifle Association, which lobbies against gun control, and House Democratic leaders are in no rush to jeopardize conservative freshmen elected from Republican-leaning districts in Indiana, North Carolina and Kansas.

If Democrats didn't sell their soul for those seats, they at least hocked it.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 18, 2007 7:35 PM

If they could propose a law that would have actually prevented the shootings, who wouldn't be in favor of it? And I'm not talking about pie-in-the-sky like banning handguns.

Posted by: Pete at April 18, 2007 8:46 PM

They have a soul?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 18, 2007 9:47 PM

Bought it at a discount from one of those outlet/seconds stores you find along the freeway. They pass it around as necessary. I think Obama's got it this week.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 18, 2007 10:01 PM

The particular shooting might have been prevented had laws not been changed and guys like him institutionalized.

Posted by: oj at April 18, 2007 11:01 PM

If the campus cops hadn't been hog-tied by PC politics they might have listened to the complaints coming out of the English department for months and started looking for Cho while he was making those home movies of himself trying to look like a baaaad-azzzzzz dude.

Instead they went on a wild goose chase after the boyfriend of one of the first two victims who, horror of horrors, frequents a shooting range.

It would have been an unfortuante double homicide but not a massacre.

Posted by: Chris B at April 19, 2007 6:59 AM