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No Gun Licenses for Marathon Bombers

Selfmade707 Wrote: Apr 21, 2013 10:59 PM
Basically, any law is optional. If you break the law and get caught, there are penalties to pay, but that is after the fact. The law has already been broken and the crime committed. Once committed, there isn't any law that has prevented murder, gun violence, or any other crime. If that were true then these things would never happen.

The AP reports that the men who detonated explosives to kill innocents at the Boston Marathons and later engaged in a shoot-out with police (after shooting an MIT security guard execution-style) didn't have gun permits, according to Massachusetts state police. 

But wait a minute.  I thought a rigorous system for regulating gun permits was supposed to prevent gun violence (that's what Massachusetts state officials insisted upon passing the nation's toughest gun laws back in 1998).  

It's almost as if the Tsarnaev brothers -- terrorists, murderers, carjackers -- had no respect for the (gun) laws . . . 

@CPLiebau