Staring down the NRA - Editorials - MiamiHerald.com
When Seevakumaran pointed a tactical rifle at him, Mr. Babakhani, 24, slammed and locked the bedroom door and hid behind furniture while dialing 911. When police arrived prepared for mayhem they found Seevakumaran had used his weapon on himself and died. They also found four makeshift explosives in his backpack, an assault rifle, a handgun, high-capacity ammunition drums and hundreds of bullets. Plus, two 22-round magazines were waiting for the killer in the mailroom.
The carnage averted at UCF in Orlando could happen anywhere. It already has at other university towns, at movie theaters and on military bases.
And yet, after the carnage in December that killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the shootings of teenagers in Overtown and Liberty City, the drive-by killing of a mother talking with a friend outside her home in Liberty City — after all of that and so much more from coast to coast — Congress still seems unable to ban assault weapons.