Stop excuses for unlimited gun rights


The June 12 Tribune Chronicle editorial has to be the most inane, pro-gun nonsense ever published by a supposedly socially responsible newspaper.

Both high-capacity magazines and a noise suppressor were indeed responsible for the sheer number of fatalities in the Virginia Beach shooting. What possible legitimate purpose could these additions have to legally purchased firearms? How about shooting entire herds of deer at one time?

Rooting out the mentally ill and preventing them from legally buying and using guns is futile. Even after the fact, the people who knew the shooter said, “Nothing in his character would cause you to think, ‘This guy is going to come in and kill 11 of my colleagues.'”

It took only one week for New Zealand to ban automatic weapons. How much longer can we make excuses for unlimited gun rights?