Another tragic excuse to argue for gun control

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Briefing: Bloomberg and Kelly. (Azi Paybarah via flickr)
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After a Nassau County police officer was shot and killed by a Queens man yesterday, the Daily News calls for action to stop the flow of illegal guns into New York.

Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of Long Island, a gun-control advocate whose husband was killed in a shooting spree on the Long Island Railroad, contributes an op-ed piece calling, again, for better enforcement of existing laws.

And on the editorial page, the News declares, "There is no doubt that, in time, [Darrell] Fuller’s weapon will be traced back along a pipeline that continues to flood New York City with firearms."

For the most part, federal officials have been laughably unresponsive to advocacy for tightening of gun-control laws and stricter enforcement of existing ones. A (political) market opportunity for a free-spending gun-control advocate like Michael Bloomberg, if there ever was one.

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