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The attack on our system in Arizona

I have nothing greatly illuminating to add about the shootings on Saturday, except that killing a little girl and a federal judge and shooting a member of Congress who is meeting with constituents feels to me like an attack on our system. They say the guy is crazy, as if that makes it inexplicable, but ...

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I have nothing greatly illuminating to add about the shootings on Saturday, except that killing a little girl and a federal judge and shooting a member of Congress who is meeting with constituents feels to me like an attack on our system. They say the guy is crazy, as if that makes it inexplicable, but it still feels like a blow to the way of life we aspire to have. I wonder if the weekend felt like the 1935 shooting of Huey Long.

My question: At what point does the right to own a firearm begin to impinge on other people's rights?

OK, try it this way: At what point does the right of crazy people to buy weapons begin to seem crazy?

I have nothing greatly illuminating to add about the shootings on Saturday, except that killing a little girl and a federal judge and shooting a member of Congress who is meeting with constituents feels to me like an attack on our system. They say the guy is crazy, as if that makes it inexplicable, but it still feels like a blow to the way of life we aspire to have. I wonder if the weekend felt like the 1935 shooting of Huey Long.

My question: At what point does the right to own a firearm begin to impinge on other people’s rights?

OK, try it this way: At what point does the right of crazy people to buy weapons begin to seem crazy?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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