We were all shocked last week at the Boson Marathon bombs, hoping against hope in the early stages that it was an accident of poorly maintained infrastructure, and after we knew it was terrorism that the bastards were working alone and would be caught.
Just four days later one had died shooting it out with police, and the other is captured and alive. Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev is in custody and we'll be able to learn his reasons and ensure that it really is a couple schnooks with a grievance and not a larger play. The local, state and federal governments did an awesome job working together to get this done.
But just before the bombing the United States Senate voted on a bill that would ensure that bad people -- the mentally ill, convicted killers, and, say, gol-darned terrorists! -- are prevented from getting weapons. The GOP decided this was a bad idea and blocked the bill.
As a result, if Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev -- a terrorist who killed three people and injured hundreds -- is convicted and serves out his time he can walk into a gun show and buy an AR-15 with a hundred round clip without a background check. Walk in, buy the gun, walk out and maybe visit another Boston Marathon.
I'd love to see Harry Reid rename the bill "Background Checks for Tsarnaev" and bring it up for a vote on Monday. Let them vote against it then.