"We just have to acknowledge that there's some mentally unstable people in this country," Sen Jon Kyl (R-Arizona) said on Face the Nation yesterday.
Teachers and classmates of the man accused of in the Arizona shootings over the weekend seem to have done that part already. "I was getting concerned about the safety of the students and the school," community college professor Ben McGahee tells the NYT. "I was afraid he was going to pull out a weapon."
You can argue that violent political rhetoric played a role here and you can argue that it didn't. What's harder to answer is why no one was able to prevent Saturday's massacre. Jared Loughner showed plenty of signs that he was a scary guy. And still, Jared Loughner got a gun.
Whatever we're doing, as hard as it is to get anything done about gun safety in this country, it's tragically, awfully not enough. It wasn't enough in Tucson this weekend, where a mentally unstable guy came armed with a Glock. And it wasn't enough in Baltimore, where violence broke out at a nightclub. It hasn't been enough in Los Angeles. It hasn't been enough in New Orleans. It's really, truly not enough.