Now that the narrative that Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh were to blame for Jared Loughner's homicidal act in Tuscon has imploded, we can finally move on the real culprit: gun clips.
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that he is penning a letter to President Obama asking him to close one of the gun-control loopholes that may have contributed to last weekend's shooting at a meet-and-greet in Tucson, Ariz.Yeah, why bother with the will of the American people and Congressional legislation when with the stroke of a pen King Obama can fulfill the wishes of an imperious demagogue.
The shooting left six people dead and 13 wounded, included Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head and remains in critical condition.
The suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, 22, is suspected to suffer from mental illness on the account of various reports and ramblings he had posted online.
Loughner had tried to get into the Army, but was denied for "excessive" drug use.
That, Schumer said on NBC's "Meet the Press," should have prevented Loughner from legally buying the Glock pistol allegedly used in the shooting rampage.
But the Army was not required to notify the FBI of the "excessive drug use" rejection, which would have let law enforcement add his name to the database that would show up when checking a customer purchasing a gun.
"There are certain things that can be done that don't even require legislation," Schumer said, adding that he was "writing to the administration this morning" to get President Obama to close that gap between the armed forces and law enforcement.
Meanwhile, New Jersey crank Frank Lautenberg was exhumed in time for the Sunday mornings babblefests.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), with the backing of gun-control groups, are drafting a bill that would ban the sale of magazines such as the one reportedly used by Loughner.Another reason could be target practice, of course. But hey, why let a good crisis go to waste?
"The only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly," Lautenberg said in annoucing plans to introduce the bill when the Senate returns. "These high-capacity clips simply should not be on the market."