As Golob explains, part of what made today's tragedy possible was the gutting of our state's social services network at the altar of Ayn Rand. But you know what else helped make today happen?

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A gun.

"It's no surprise to me this happened," the shooter's brother told the Seattle Times. "We could see this coming."

And yet they didn't take away his gun. I mean, how could they? It was his Second Amendment right.

Guns kill people. Not by themselves of course. Somebody's got to pull the trigger. But it's the gun that fires the bullet that shatters both the body of its victim and the lives of their loved ones. And if guns weren't so easy to obtain, tragic days like today wouldn't happen nearly so often.

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So just once, instead of incredibly denying that guns have much of anything to do with gun violence, I would like to hear opponents of sensible gun control regulation (say, closing Washington's gun show loophole for starts) explain to the children, spouses, friends and other loved ones of the victims that our freedom comes at a cost.

Because honestly, deep down, you gun control opponents know that's what you believe—that tragedies like today are a small price to pay for the privilege of being an American. You just don't have the balls to admit it.

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