Have Weapons, Will Shoot

As the toll grows, a survey shows Americans want to crack down

Brandishing a Chinese-made AK-47 semiautomatic rifle, a man rose from his seat at a hearing of the California assembly in Sacramento last week and announced to some 80 startled listeners, "Ladies and gentlemen, take a look at your watches and start counting. You are lucky that I am the attorney general and not some nut. Because if I had the ammunition, I could shoot every member of the assembly by the time I finish this sentence -- about 20 seconds."

California Attorney General John Van de Kamp could be forgiven his 20 seconds of melodrama. His state was still reeling from...

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