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Bad press for gun nuts

February 4, 2013 - Harry Eagar
A constant theme of the gun nuts is that the press suppresses news about good done with firearms. All I can say about that is that during 45 years in the newspaper business, I never had to suppress any good news about firearms, because I never encountered any.

Bad news, on the other hand, was as regular as the sunrise. Today's Washington Post is typical.

Now that the Second Amendment and stand-your-ground enthusiast who kidnapped the 5-year-old is dead, we learn more about him:

Ronda Wilbur, a neighbor of Dykes who said the man beat her dog to death last year with a pipe, said she was relieved to be done with the stress of knowing Dykes was patrolling his yard and willing to shoot at anyone or anything that trespassed.

“The nightmare is over. It’s been a long couple of years of having constant stress,” she said.

Right next to that is a teaser to the second-most popular story of the day in the Post:

"Police records: Iraq War vet charged in Texas shooting deaths had been in mental hospital."

Adam Lanza, now the guy who shot the champion sniper: mental cases whose friends and loved ones thought that giving them guns and teaching them to shoot would be good for their mental health. What could possibly go wrong?


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