Where the hell is our congressional delegation?
A dozen people were shot dead in Colorado last week for simply going to the wrong movie at the wrong time. Another 58 were injured, some of them gravely.
The killer used an AR-15 assault rifle fed by a high-capacity magazine, neither of which has any place in a civilized society — both of which were legally purchased. The gun and the clip were prohibited during the Clinton-era assault weapons ban that Congress allowed to expire in 2004.
Legislation has been languishing in Washington since last year’s Tucson massacre to outlaw lunatic gun clips that hold more than 10 bullets at a time. Add in the fact that the alleged killer, with his freakish orange hair and absent eyes, was a veritable poster boy for stronger national gun laws. The result should be a hue and cry, far and wide, for the type of sensible gun policies that could save lives.
And in that regard, there’s nobody better to lead on the issue than the members of the Massachusetts delegation. This state has some of the strongest and most successful gun laws in America. We have an assault weapons ban. We have safety training requirements, licensing, registration, and a waiting period.
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