“It would be incredibly hard, if not impossible, to get people to rally around shotgun restrictions, and characterizing a shotgun as an ‘assault-something’ would further push the ‘assault weapon’ debate toward meaninglessness. The attack couldn’t be blamed on lax gun laws this time either. It happened in Maryland, a veritable hellhole for gun owners.
“This made the Capital Gazette shooting tactically unsound for anti-gun messaging. They would have to either call for laws stricter than Maryland’s (good luck), or claim that existing laws would suffice if enforced.” – Matthew Larosiere in After the Annapolis shooting, the anti-gun crowd’s silence is deafening [via washingtonexaminer.com]