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Gun Laws Are Broken. Local Cops Get the Blame.

Gun Laws Are Broken. Local Cops Get the Blame.

Instead of addressing lax gun laws, Americans fixate on what the authorities might have done differently. Hilary Swift / The New York Times / Redux November 5, 2023, 7:30 AM ET After the devastating mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, late last month, an all-too-familiar ritual began to play out: The initial horror over the deaths of 18 victims gave way to second-guessing about what more local authorities might have done. The gunman, Robert Card, went on a rampage at a bar and at a bowling alley. He crossed town without any police intervention, abandoned his car, and disappeared for days, until he was found dead of a self-inflicted wound. Later, the public discovered that Card was known to law enforcement. His behavior in the weeks before the shooting had alarmed those around him, including his family members and Army Reserves colleagues. In a report filed after an attempted wellness check at his home weeks earlier, a Sagadahoc County sheriff’s deputy noted that one reservist was concerned that Card was “going to snap and commit a …