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Rampage in D.C.: Dianne's demagoguery

| Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

It didn't take long for the pecans of gun control to crawl from their grove in the aftermath of Monday's mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard that left 13 people dead, including the gunman.

“When will enough be enough?” asked Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., long one of the Senate's shortest shrifters regarding gun matters. “We must do more to stop this endless loss of life,” she added, citing the assailant's firepower and hinting at the need for even more laws.

But given the circumstances of this case, Ms. Feinstein's pleading rings hollow.

Alleged shooter Aaron Alexis, 34, was a Navy reservist of Fort Worth, Texas. He's thought to have entered the Washington, D.C., facility with an access card of the private contractor for which he worked.

Mr. Alexis was involved in two prior gun-related incidents. In 2010, he shot a gun through the ceiling of his apartment there but was not prosecuted. In 2004, in Seattle, he was charged with shooting out the tires of a car.

Alexis also had a history of psychiatric care. How did he obtain security clearance?

A shotgun, one of three weapons used in the rampage (two of them were taken inside the complex, investigators theorize), was purchased legally last week in Virginia. Given his past, how?

The nation mourns this tragedy. But demagoguery from the likes of Dianne Feinstein only dishonors its victims.

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