How soon is too soon? And how late is too late?


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Here we go again:

CBS News: 26 Dead, Including 18 Children, In Elementary School Shooting
Matt Higgins / CBS Connecticut

NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut/AP) — CBS News is reporting that at least 26 people are dead, including 18 students, after a mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.  The gunman is among the dead.

Compare and contrast with this [emphasis added]:

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The Daily Caller Gun Giveaway Week 12: Find Our Hacker

The Daily Caller will be giving away one gun per week until Election Day: November 6, 2012.

The FMK 9C1 is an American-made high capacity 9mm designed by Jim Pontillo and manufactured in California. Each gun is engraved with the Bill of Rights.

It’s time for Week 12 of The Daily Caller Gun Giveaway. This week we are fired up and asking for your help. As you may have seen, our site was hacked recently. There were some extremely inappropriate ads placed on our homepage, and Google therefore had us listed as an “unsafe site” for much of the day. All of you know that nothing could be further from the truth: The Daily Caller is a safe site, and always will be.*

We want to find out who did it and hold them responsible. So for Weeks 11 and 12 we have a joint two-part gun giveaway offer….

[* the irony is unintended.]

How many lunatics have to slaughter how many kids for any NRA member to deign to DISCUSS the difference between flintlock rifles in 1787 and assault weapons in 2012? Between a coastal country of 3 million people and a continental nation of 300 million people? Between public safety and the mindless worship of a machine that ONLY deals in death? How many dead children do you need to see, Mr. LaPierre?


Wayne LaPierre, CEO and Executive Vice President of the 
National Rifle Association (photo by Gage Skidmore)

And …

How long will it be “too soon” this time, Mr. LaPierre?


UPDATE 12:49 PM PST: The shooter’s rifle has been identified as a 223-caliber rifle. Searching, I came upon this auction from a 2010 webpage:


buy assault rifles online


And here’s what they look like for $700 apiece:

223 Caliber Semi-Automatic Rifles

It’s relatively easy to pick up these guns online or at gun shows, and they aren’t pricey. W0rse, here’s all the firepower brought out in response to one nut with one of these guns:

law enforcement response

Law enforcement response

When you consider all the firepower involved, there is always the possibility of friendly fire incidents, as well. Is this really the America we want?

NPR is now reporting that the shooter’s mother, a teacher at the elementary school, is among the dead.

Oh, and wasn’t there just a shopping mall shooting in Clackamas, Oregon? Yeah, I guess there was. But it’s forgotten in the wake of this.

How soon is too soon? And how late is too late?


A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, an honorary Texan, Clown (ditto) and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog

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About Hart Williams

Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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