As Chris Matthews furiously Googles to see if — somehow — the Boston Chechnyan bombing suspects were members of a nascent Tea Party cell in Grozny, we’re getting conflicting information as to how long the suspects have been in the country. The media, in its fog of mal- and mis-information, have mentioned everything from one to ten years since the brothers Tsarnaev immigrated. Be that as it may, the thoughts of pro-2A types turn to the question of how this drama will be used — and make no mistake, it will be — by civilian disarmers to bolster their deeply wounded cause . . .
Is it possible these two were already on the terrorist watch list? If so, how did they pass a background check to buy their firearms? They’ve engaged in at least two firefights this morning, if news reports are to be believed, killing an MIT security guard and gravely wounding a police officer. One apparently also knocked over a 7-11, probably with a handgun. Were their firearms obtained illegally? Clearly all of Massachusetts’ strict gun control laws didn’t prevent two alleged terrorists from tooling up.
Nick took a ration of shit in the comments section for speculating — only minutes after the marathon bombs went off — that the terrorist act could lead to calls for restrictions on reloading components. There’s apparently no truth to the reports that he was last seen running through the streets of San Antonio shouting “neeener neeener neeenr!” when the cadaverous Frank Lautenberg, in what’s hopefully one of his last legislative acts, announced that he’d introduce a gunpowder control bill in the Senate.
Are we speculating based on early, possibly bogus information? You betcha. So go ahead, flame on. But keep an eye on the usual suspects as they contort themselves to make their case that this is all just another example of why we need common sense gun control.