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Madness personified

Is there any way other than describing the NRA, and the whole gun-lobby, as a bunch of wing nuts - but all too sadly, as their current AGM so clearly shows, with influence and considerable support.

"Another gun, another kid, another death, another case, in the words of the coroner, of "just one of those crazy accidents." The five-year-old boy (yes: five) in Kentucky who accidentally shot and killed his two-year-old sister (yes: two) did so with "My First Rifle," a .22-caliber Cricket specifically made and marketed in several colors for "youth shooters" by Milton, Pa.-based Keystone Sporting Arms, making "quality firearms for America's youth." In 2008, it sold 60,000 Crickett and "Chipmunk" rifles. Its website features a "Kids' Corner" with smiling pictures of children with their guns, and testimonials from their grateful, gun-buying parents. Teach your children well. Or is it too late?

"(Your rifles) are just the
right size for my 5-and 7-year-olds. They are awesome and we couldn't be happier."


Update: Surprise: A new study shows that the NRA and other gun-rights groups spent about a gazillion dollars - a 122% spike - in lobbying in the months leading up to the gun-control vote."


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