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Little Big Stories

01/11/2011 03:41 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When small people do things that create big stories we only confirm what they want. In their pitiful minds we make them a big deal. Their profile goes global. Their psychotic innermost thoughts become part of the national conversation. They become infamous. Which is all they want. It's unavoidable, but sad. And only encourages others.

Instead of blaming partisan rhetoric why not examine how the Arizona killer got a gun? There's no evidence that political hot speech turned Jared Lee Loughner into a murderer, but we do know that Arizona's incredibly lenient laws allowed this known crazy person to walk into a Sportsman's Warehouse outlet and purchase a semiautomatic handgun with no questions asked.

Anyone seeking to purchase such a weapon ought to raise at least as much suspicion as someone showing up at airport security with a few ounces of shampoo!

Craig blogs daily for CQ Roll Call