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Political Exploitation Runs Into Reality

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Strident partisans have launched shameful attempts to exploit the Boston bombings for political purposes. Democratic gun control advocates say this bloody rampage argues for less access to firearms, but the weapons the terrorists used are highly regulated in Massachusetts and in some cases already illegal.

Unfortunately, murderous fanatics determined to slaughter innocents pay scant attention to gun rules, no matter how sweeping. Simultaneously, some Republicans cite the tragedy as reason to block immigration reform – never mind that both brothers came to the U.S. legally under the current broken system that reformers hope to fix. Why should these two deeply alienated Islamic fanatics get legal status before hard-working, undocumented arrivals from Latin America, now eager to pay fines and pass background checks in order to join the American mainstream.

The Boston case teaches lessons on terrorism, but says little about guns or immigration.

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