WHY GUNS SHARE THE BLAME

Shortly after the 0klahoma bombing, a colleague of Bob Dole's asked him to postpone a vote on repealing the assault-weapons ban enacted last year. Dole refused. "I am not aware of the involvement of so-called assault weapons in the senseless bomb attack," Dole said. On the surface, that's right. The innocents killed April 19 weren't shot. But guns and bombs are connected. The mere presence of weapons can spur violent behavior, and since Timothy McVeigh, the man charged with the Oklahoma horror, was obsessed with guns, the issue is particularly pressing.

"The finger pulls the trigger,'' says Leonard Berkowitz, an emeritus...

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