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Following Monday's shooting rampage at Washington's Navy Yard that killed 12 people, four U.S. senators want an investigation into:
... how Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was able to maintain a “Secret” security clearance despite his history of erratic behavior, including two arrests involving firearms.
And an investigation is certainly called for. It's appalling that someone with Alexis's background was able to gain access to a secure military facility. But what about the rest of us who spend time at less secure places like, for example, movie theaters and elementary schools? This latest mass shooting will surely revive the issue of common sense gun legislation in Washington, right? Nope:
Hours after Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday called for action on gun legislation, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he won’t seek a new vote. [...]
A Senate Democratic aide said some in his party don’t want to talk about guns.
"Do vulnerable Democrats want to see this issue on the radar again? Probably not," said the aide.
Oh well. Maybe next time. Because there will be a next time.