During the post-Newtown push for civilian disarmament, the NRA’s hewn to its anti-“gun violence” mantra: lock up the bad guys (and leave us alone). To say the gun control lobby is’t on board with the idea would be like saying Amit Friedman’s a bit of a babe. Get tough on criminals (not guns)? That’s so seventies Republican. Yes, well, I’d like to see some stats on how many people convicted of shooting someone had a criminal record at the time. Statistically speaking, I bet it’s all of them. Meanwhile, we have anecdotal evidence suggesting that longer jail sentences would reduce “gun crime.” The New Orleans Mother’s Day parade shooter was out on bond for a firearms offense. And there’s this not-so-unpredictable tale . . .
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