Brits Find US Feckless On Gun Control

America "unable to defend its citizens from its armed maniacs"
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2007 11:23 AM CDT
President Bush, second from left, first lady Laura Bush, second from right, and others, attend a convocation ceremony in honor of Virginia Tech shooting victims, Tuesday, April 17, 2007, in Blacksburg,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Guardian takes aim at U.S resistance to gun control, calling it an "enduring civic failure" that allows tragedies like the Virginia Tech shootings to occur. The paper describes a country held hostage by the NRA, failing its basic responsibilities by being "unable to defend its ordinary citizens from its armed maniacs."

The harsh Guardian editorial notes that the U.S. is not alone in experiencing such violent incidents. "But the US is one of the few countries that seems collectively unwilling and politically incapable of doing anything serious to stop such things happening again."