The senseless murders in Connecticut amplify the tragedies of the 1999 Columbine shooting, the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, the killings in Aurora, Colo., and elsewhere.
The perennial shrill rhetoric of ideologically blinded gun-rights groups offers an obscene backdrop to the all too familiar grief endured by victims of gun violence and their families.
I understand dangerous machine guns, large-capacity ammo clips and assault rifles. I'm a Vietnam veteran, a former Navy SEAL with more than 70 combat operations, most as an automatic weaponsman. I'm also a former federal law-enforcement ranger for the National Park Service.