Comment: that is truly said,

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that is truly said,

but as you essentially alluded: it's not the rifle's fault, but the psycho behind the crime who used that tool to commit murder with.

but frankly, no matter how much empathy I'd have for surviving family members who had tragedy enter their lives, like having parents lose a child and bury them, but the moment they decided that their trauma and tragedy are somehow more important and/or worse than anyone else's, and is worth destroying the lives of innocent gun owners (when govt forcibly confiscates, arrests (& legal costs fighting it), or SWAT raid homes or kill peaceful gunowners in pursuit of such lunacy) with rabid politicians and useful idiots in tow, while being underwritten by tyrannical corporatist billionaire assholes, to me, you might as well walk around with a T-shirt that says "I'm w/ Al-CIA-da."

There's nothing worse than those who deem it's okay to destroy others' rights, so they can feel good about themselves.

Stalinists are what they are.

Once one crosses that line, worse, works for and with organizations that are dedicated to destroying others' rights, whether willfully or intentionally understanding that to be the case or not, they to me are enablers of evil.

Thus, are as equally bad, in my view, if not worse.

While not preferable, it's okay not to be informed/ignorant of issues, if one remains humble of that fact.

But once, one makes it a lifestyle and political activism choice based on such ignorance, it's frankly worse than not knowing or having never understood the issue at all: to be an advocate of evil out of ignorance, is worse than inaction, IMO.

Frankly, sadly, in spite of the fact that nominally speaking people in their situation DO 'deserve' empathy, but seeing as how they decided that their sadness (an emotion, an irreconcilable state of being unless they choose to NOT feel that way, no matter how sad or tragic) is more important than preservation of my and everyone else's universal, pre-Constitutional Natural Right to self-defense, especially when those other than the guilty had NOTHING to do with their daughter's murder, my answer to them is: FOAD: over my dead body, ya anti-human rights, control freak pathetic lunatics!

Predictions in due Time...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGDisyWkIBM

"Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it's realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy." - Dr. Ronald Ernest Paul