Today at Salon, Brian Beutler wrote a story,
In the hours after a mass shooting, all of a sudden, gun activists go quiet. It’s all part of a calculated strategy
In the comments was this:
mikey55 1 hour ago
Out law guns, only outlaws need them.
Blammo Media 41 minutes ago
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