1. Adam Lanza, third from right: That the suspected Newton, Conn., shooter turned out to be male almost goes without saying. Of the 62 mass shootings since 1982, only one was perpetrated by a woman.

    Why are there so few female mass murderers?

     


  2. American politicians need to get off their butts. So far, most, including the president, have abdicated a moral responsibility to talk frankly about guns and rights, ironically, they say, because the issue is “complicated.” Goddamn right it’s complicated. That’s why we ought to talk about. Democrats still adhere to the fear that if they mention common-sense gun rules, their party will lose the backing forever of gun owners and those who see gun ownership as a stand-in for checking government power. For the most part, though, that coalition isn’t the Democratic Party’s coalition, and it becomes less so with every election.

    The gun rights lobby could lead the charge here, but they won’t, because they’re afraid they’d lose the chance to demagogue politicians who rise up against them. The NRA’s opponents are as central to the NRA’s successes as anything else.

    So: Ball’s in your court, Mr. President.

    — Marc Ambinder: How to prevent more mass killings
     

  3. Nancy Lanza’s friends say she was a gun enthusiast, who kept a small armory — two traditional hunting rifles, two handguns, and the semiautomatic rifle — for protection in case an economic meltdown resulted in chaos. She often took her sons to shooting ranges, to make sure they knew how to handle guns, too.

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