Lethal Weapon, The Sequel

I cannot be the only reader of this morning's headlines to notice that, almost simultaneously with the Newtown killings, a deranged man on the other side of the planet, in Chengping China, stabbed 22 schoolchildren; or to wonder if there could be a more perfect illustration for why the ubiquity of assault weapons in the U.S. is so scandalous.

Derangement is universal, but the difference between impulsively hurting and impulsively killing is the difference between an automatic handgun and a kitchen knife. Strange, isn't it?, that a country that was founded on the principle that people are too imperfect to be trusted with concentrated power--hence, that they needed the separation of powers at virtually all levels--should not be separated from the power to kill at virtually all times.