Matt Springer is LIVID with my commentary on gun control. Go read his post here and say something nice in the comment section to make him feel better.
Mike Dunford has further comments on this issue as well, and as has been happening all along (since the Ft. Hood news broke) Mike is adding important information regarding the setting of this catastrophe, bringing his military base experience to the table. Have a look at his post.
And, I’m going to take this moment to make my key points once more because the gun nuts, I mean gun “enthusiasts” continue to get it all wrong:
1) The NRA/Gun Lobby pressure resulted in there being limitation on the federal gun check procedure that caused the situation to emerge that one part of the FBI was a bit worried about Nidal Hasan, and another part of the FBI knew he was buying a “cop killer” gun, but they could not share the information (by law). This brings the gun lobby into the picture as partly responsible for the Ft. Hood massacre.
2) According to the manufacturers of this gun, and to information generally available on the internet, this gun is specifically designed to kill lots of people in close quarters owing to the large number of bullets it holds, the fact that it carries an effective bullet (no, not the biggest in the world, but effective) and is designed to squeeze off many many rounds accurately because of the way the recoil is limited. In other words, this gun was designed to do exactly what Hasan did quite effectively with it.
It is wrong that this gun is available in gun shops generally in the US. It is wrong that the FBI can’t share info about gun checks with itself and other security agencies.
If you view this as a terrorist attack (and whether or not that is true remains to be seen) then one could say that the NRA was tacitly complicit in it.