HOT BLAST: Don't count on new gun-control measures
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Colette Turner, left, closes her eyes while observing a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil in honor of Richard Michael Ridgell in Westminster, Md., Tuesday. Ridgell was killed in Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington. (AP Photo/Carroll County Times, Dave Munch)
Colette Turner, left, closes her eyes while observing a moment of silence during a candlelight vigil in honor of Richard Michael Ridgell in Westminster, Md., Tuesday. Ridgell was killed in Monday's shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington. (AP Photo/Carroll County Times, Dave Munch)
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Writing in the National Review, Charles C.W. Cooke has some news for those thinking this weeks mass shooting at the Navy Yard will produce tougher restrictions on gun purchases:

Here, the truth is vital, for it demonstrates neatly the reality that, in a country with 350-million-plus privately owned firearms, the state is utterly powerless to stop evil with the law. President Obama, Senator Feinstein, Senator Schumer et al. could have pushed through Congress every single gun-control provision that they coveted earlier this year — an “assault weapons” ban, a limit on the size of magazines, and a requirement that background checks be conducted for all private sales — and yesterday would nonetheless have happened exactly as it did. Indeed, in preparing for his spree, Aaron Alexis quite literally followed Joe Biden’s advice: He went out and bought an uncontroversial shotgun from a reputable, licensed dealer and subjected himself successfully to a federal background check. So routine was this purchase, it should be noted, that it could have been made legally in England or in France.
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