Arkansas state representative Nate Bell richly deserved every brickbat he received from irate Bostonians last week. Even as the tense manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev unfolded in Watertown, the conservative lawmaker took to Twitter to sneer at residents. “I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?” he wrote.
After a torrent of criticism, Bell has rightly apologized for his “poor choice of timing.” But in the same statement, he stood by his support for “the individual right to self-defense,” as if a heavily armed populace would have been better protected against Tsarnaev. He’s wrong on that score, too.