Ten years have passed since the massacre at Columbine High School, said Erika Stutzman in the Boulder, Colo., Daily Camera, and, out of respect for the dead, we should renew our commitment to “uncover the mysteries” of how such tragedies can happen. “As the massacres at Virginia Tech and in Binghamton prove, it is still too easy for mentally ill people to acquire weapons to commit mass murder.”
One thing that certainly doesn’t help, said E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post, is that “the American gun lobby is just too strong” for any “rational and limited gun regulation” to get through Congress. Let’s hope President Obama can make something happen. Obama should remember that the gun lobby rallied supporters against him, and that he will “stand up for the people who actually voted for him.”
Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold didn’t set out to be school shooters, said Robert VerBruggen in the National Review. “They were first and foremost school bombers.” The only reason we remember them for what they did with their guns is that their propane-tank bombs—which would have killed hundreds—didn’t go off.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Republicans love this new health care plan. Too bad it's basically a tax cut for the rich.
- In Ferguson, Michael Brown lost his life — and America's police lost the benefit of the doubt
- In defense of Gwyneth Paltrow
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Is it now OK to have sex with animals?
- 17 old proverbs we should use more often
- Adam Sandler's 'Thanksgiving Song': Explaining the 22-year-old tune's pop-culture references
- Chuck Hagel wasn't the problem. It's America's addiction to endless war.
- Don't blame Chuck Hagel: Obama's foreign policy has been a disaster from end to end
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
Subscribe to the Week