Kind of sad links.
1. I grew up in a very rural place. The guns my grandpa had were tools to be used for protection against rabid animals that would invade from time to time, also to hunt for food if needed (he was around during the depression). They were treated with respect and a healthy dose of fear, used sparingly, and kept locked away from children. I don't particularly like them or have one, but I live in a suburb and don't feel the need for one. I don't know how we're going to keep guns away from people who would abuse them, but I wish we could.
2. I'm so glad I never heard about that book.
3. Politics are ugly.