Midday open thread: Car bombs, guns, snakes, and disease

Midday open thread: Car bombs, guns, snakes, and disease

Gun Rights

Cartoon by Jen Sorensen Horrible news: Three American service members and a contractor were killed in a car-bomb attack in Afghanistan on Monday, the U.S. military said. The bomber struck as military personnel were conducting a security patrol near Bagram air base, a major air hub for foreign forces in Afghanistan, according to Col. Dave Butler, a spokesman for the U.S.-led military command there. This kind of thing surprises no one: A Charleston lawmaker’s home is being watched by police after a Facebook commenter threatened to shoot him over a bill that would allow people to carry handguns in the state without a permit. The commenter was expressing frustration at state Rep. Peter McCoy, a Charleston Republican and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, because the pro-gun legislation has not advanced in the Statehouse this year.

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