Yet Another Case of a Convicted Harasser Legally Purchasing a Gun. By JIM GERAGHTY
Excerpt: In the case of this shooter, it was a longstanding grudge against the paper, stemming from a 2011 article about a criminal harassment case against him. The gunman filed a defamation suit against the paper and lost, and apparently his obsessive hatred only grew. On his Twitter account, he said he was “making corpses of corrupt careers and corporate entities.” The staff of the Capital Gazette somehow managed to put out a newspaper the afternoon and evening after being the target of a mass shooting. God bless everybody over there: ... In one of the stomach-turning ironies, no one involved in the original article about the gunman is still with the newspaper. ... The shooter pled guilty to harassment, which is a misdemeanor, with a maximum sentence of 90 days. Maryland law has a lot of restrictions on who can purchase a gun, including anyone convicted of a crime of violence, convicted of a felony, or who has been “convicted of any Maryland-classified misdemeanor that carries a statutory penalty of more than two years.” Had the shooter been convicted of stalking instead of harassment, it’s possible yesterday’s events would have turned out differently.