The lone gunman theory of legislation

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January 12, 2011
by Jacob Sullum  
Posted in 2AM Commentary, Commentary

"Loughner was never 'adjudicated as a mental defective' or 'committed to a mental institution,' which would have disqualified him from buying a gun under federal law, and his behavior in school, though off-putting, was not violent. There is no reliable way of predicting which tiny percentage of the country's many oddballs and malcontents will convert weird ideas into homicidal actions. That reality may be scary, but it is not nearly as scary as a legal regime that strips citizens of their Second Amendment rights based on the opinions they express. Even worse is a legal regime that imprisons eccentrics on the off chance that they will commit murder someday." (01/12/11)  

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