From what I've read, the father gave the kid money for his birthday which was used to buy the gun, but the kid bought it himself. So yes, in this particular case, tougher gun laws may not have helped, but I'm so sick of that argument. Wearing a seat belt doesn't guarantee that you won't still be killed or badly hurt in a car accident, but it lessens the odds so much that no one objects to mandatory laws about wearing one. Strict gun laws will not stop every attack, but they could have prevented several of the worst one of recent years. Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech come to mind, just for 2 examples.
I was disappointed no one mentioned the Confederate flag and the tap dance Republicans are doing to avoid criticizing it so as not to harm their chances in the SC primary. Mahar likes to think he's so cutting edge, but he doesn't have half the balls that Jon Stewart has.