The Daily Mail responded to yet another mass shooting involving firearms in a Sept. 18 editorial, "A national tragedy needs a calm response," by blaming everything but America's lax firearms laws for the tragic murder of a dozen people in our nation's capitol.
Lacking logic and clear thinking, the Daily Mail suggests the Navy should be blamed for giving the killer an honorable, instead of a general, discharge.
A general discharge may have decreased Aaron Alexis' chances of keeping his security clearance, but it would not have prevented him from lawfully purchasing a firearm and committing mass murder.
Perhaps a general discharge would have denied his entrance to a secure military facility, but it would not have prevented him entering a mall or a classroom.
Rather than calmly assessing a serious issue confronting America, i.e., gun control, the Daily Mail seems more interested in rolling out thoughtless sound bites of the pro-gun lobby and quashing a thoughtful debate.
Christian M. Capece