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TCTI: Too Crazy To Ignore

Dave Ross

Are we fed up yet?

Rain drops gather on a rose near a teddy bear on a makeshift memorial in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Conn., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, as the town mourns victims killed in Friday's school shooting. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Is the massacre in Connecticut going to be the watershed that breaks the deadlock on gun control?

A new Huffington Post poll found 50 percent of Americans say they want stricter gun laws now.

But the same problem is still there: What new law would have prevented Adam Lanza from shooting up that school?

Maybe a law that would have required his mother to lock up her guns? With regular inspections? Or a strict ban on military-style weapons with high capacity magazines? Then his mother could never have bought that AR-15. And he might have been forced to stop and reload, which might have given those teachers a chance to tackle him.

But that's still no guarantee, because this shooter was single-minded, secretive, and suicidal.

Then there's the other reality: that there are members of Congress who still believe that Americans must always have access to the kind of weapons that would enable them to fend off government tyranny, and the Connecticut massacre changes nothing for them.

Rep Louie Gohmert of Texas on Fox News Sunday said if anything, you give the teacher an assault weapon to fight back. You don't take assault weapons away from the American people.

"A free people should be an armed people. It insures against the tyranny of the government. If they know the biggest army is the American people then you don't have the tyranny that came from King George," Gohmert said.

Well, the British seem to have no interest in taking us back. So I guess it's working.

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Dave Ross hosts the Morning News on KIRO Radio weekdays from 5-9 a.m. Dave has won the national Edward R. Murrow Award for writing five times since he started at KIRO Radio in 1978.

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