A few West Virginia sheriffs say they wouldn't enforce an assault weapons ban because it would interfere with owners' right to bear arms. Well, if they saw a psycho with an AK-47 near a school, would they do nothing?
Gun-lust in America seems almost loony at times.
Last week, Connecticut legislators held a public hearing about the Newtown school massacre. About 1,500 attended, including right-to-bear-arms advocates. Neil Heslin displayed a photo of his six-year-old son, who died in the slaughter, and asked why the psychotic killer was allowed to have an assault gun. "Second Amendment" was shouted by some gun advocates in the crowd.
Meanwhile, Chicago suffered more than 40 murders in January -- including a 15-year-old high school majorette who had performed at President Obama's inaugural. She was shot in the back at a park. Chicago police confiscated nearly 600 guns from thugs during January.
Meanwhile, a 15-year-old Albuquerque boy in a highly religious family used an assault weapon to kill his father, mother, brother and two sisters. He planned to go to a Wal-Mart and commit a larger massacre, but a friend talked him into going to a church, where police nabbed him.
The boy's uncle said the youth had been given access to the gun "to protect the family" -- but it produced the opposite result. The uncle complained that the boy is being "publicly crucified and made out to be some demon." Well, what else would you call a teen who mows down his family with an army-style gun?
About the same time, five people were wounded by accidental shootings at gun shows in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio.
Meanwhile, the National Network to End Domestic Violence says: "More than three women a day, on average, are killed by an intimate partner, and guns play a large role in the level of lethality."