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THE MONDAY AFTER
Rather than do the usual Daybook collection of widely-scattered links and videos, we’ll basically stick to items related to the tragic assassination attempt on a US congresswoman on Saturday, leading to her critical wounding and the deaths of six others, including her aide, a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.
GUNS The magazine clip for Loughner’s gun was illegal under the (now-expired) Clinton assault weapons ban… At Huff Post, head of leading gun control hits Arizona laws and "2nd Amendment remedies."… Gail Collins: We need "sane regulation of weapons that make it easiest for crazy people to create mass slaughter." Fail drug test: can’t join military and handle weapons under tight control. But totally uncontrolled as civilian? Buy guns at will… Shooting inspires pro-gun lawmakers to… carry weapons…
LOUGHNER New NYT piece includes look at several right-wing groups he may have liked or borrowed rhetoric from… Good post on Loughner by Mark Potok of SPLC and Hatewatch… Mother Jones with "exclusive" interview with close Loughner friend, his "dream" state and a missed phone call… Pete Williams on NBC last night confirmed law enforcement looking at his interest in "far-right" groups. No mention of "left."…WSJ describes Loughner’s ’07 exchange w/ Giffords: "How do you know words mean anything?" She responded in Spanish… Director of American Renaissance denies link to Loughner on his racist site (though what would he subscribe to print magazine to be a follower??) — and note "Tea Party HQ" ad for flags at upper left.