Sportswriter Rick Reilly has a point: nothing the government does stops criminals from buying semi-automatic rifles illegally. If only the Senate had the courage earlier this month to ban terrorist bombings … it would have done about as much to have prevented the Boston Marathon bombing as universal background checks. As Reuters reported, “neither brother appears to have been legally entitled to own or carry firearms where they lived.”

Rick Reilly’s misdirected shot at Congress fouled out with followers who would prefer to place the blame where it belongs.