If we hire a gardener or nanny we make background checks. If we hire a new employee we seek references. The act of buying a gun, a lethal weapon, should not be open to any less scrutiny.
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Amid the conjecture, pop psychologizing, hand-wringing and condemnation provoked by this weekend's terrible carnage in Arizona, only one inescapable fact emerges: A young man who had decided to kill people was able to get a gun.
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