I do not know anyone who gets news from the New York Times. Among the people I know and respect, the Times is a punchline - more useful to demonstrate media bias than anything else.
We see the disgusting destruction of innocent life today in Virginia. But some on the left immediately see a chance to shill for gun control - and the buzzword this time, the target, is the gun show loophole.
Never mind the fact that the second amendment says specifically there can't be any restrictions on guns. Never mind that no matter what firearm restrictions are passed, there is not any corresponding drop in gun crimes.
There have been laws to reduce gun violence that work - project exile punishes crimes committed with a gun severely. Where it has been used, it works. But the NRA pushed it, and folks on the left can't afford to admit that the NRA might have a workable solution to this problem that does not involve more gun restrictions.
From the lead editorial in the NYT Tuesday: (lifted from Ankle Biting Pundits)
Yesterday’s mass shooting at Virginia Tech — the worst in American history — is another horrifying reminder that some of the gravest dangers Americans face come from killers at home armed with guns that are frighteningly easy to obtain.
Not much is known about the gunman, who killed himself, or about his motives or how he got his weapons, so it is premature to draw too many lessons from this tragedy. But it seems a safe bet that in one way or another, this will turn out to be another instance in which an unstable or criminally minded individual had no trouble arming himself and harming defenseless people.
Our hearts and the hearts of all Americans go out to the victims and their families. Sympathy was not enough at the time of Columbine, and eight years later it is not enough. What is needed, urgently, is stronger controls over the lethal weapons that cause such wasteful carnage and such unbearable loss.
So, it is too soon to know anything, except that we need more gun laws? Here is an idea; enforce the ones you have, and consider more if those don't work. But they would, if enforced.
Plus, isn't it illegal for a person on a student visa to have a gun? What makes you think a law would stop him?