On the front page of Gather as we speak, a news article on the Spengler murder/suicide in New York State. Much curiosity in the article as to why Spengler served only 17 years for the manslaughter of his grandmother with a hammer.
Oddly enough, zero curiosity on where he got the rifle that he used to murder two firemen and wound two more, then kill himself. Sure, it was noted that as a felon he could not legally own a rifle. But this does not lead to the obvious question? Did he steal the rifle? Did his sister own it (she is missing and probably her bones are buried under the charred remains of his house)? Did he find somebody willing to go into a gun store, do a "straw purchase"- then sell the rifle to him for a markup around the corner? I am interested in this topic, and do not consider it meaningless. In cases in which the federal background check does not stop a criminal from obtaining a weapon, is it not worth trying to figure out which hole the gun snuck through, in order to try to figure out how to plug the hole?
Gun rights folk seem to have no curiosity in some areas, but much in others.
By the way- here is the answer to the first question- why some people can kill a fellow human and not be put away for life. There is not enough room in the prisons for the violent offenders, because so many cells are occupied by guys in for nonviolent drug convictions. You now, the three strikes rule that Republicans pressured Clinton into signing. Well, you asked. Hope you like the answer.