Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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In a heated post late Friday, I argued that we've made our choice about guns as a society. Some people called this defeatist. But it's not. I'm not saying the choice can't change at some point in the future. I'm just stating the obvious, which is that the choice is settled and un-conflicted: no amount of massacres or scales of body counts or simply annual numbers of people killed by firearms matter. The ability to have unfettered access to guns is an absolute. This is confirmed by a substantial amount of public opinion research that shows not only that pro-gun sentiment has increased since the Newton Massacre in 2012 but that by many measures it has crossed a historic threshold where 'gun rights' has become the dominant US position.

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Our latest gun massacre raises the troubling effectiveness of the possible use of profiling to limit access to fire arms ...

1. Are you a man?

2. Are you white?

3. Are you between the ages of 15 and 30?

4. Are you currently in a mutually satisfying romantic relationship?

5. Do you feel alone?

6. Do you feel angry?

7. Do you frequently visit 4chan?

8. Do you spend a substantial part of every day thinking about firearms?

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Over the course of the day we've had a handful of readers write in to ask or demand that we not report the name of the shooter, Chris Harper Mercer, in the Oregon school massacre. As the massacres continue, an increasing number of people think that we should expunge the names of the offenders both to obliterate their memory and deny them whatever infamy or perverted glory they hoped to gain by their crimes. I respect this viewpoint. I simply do not agree with it as something a news organization can or should do. There are various specifics of the argument. But for me it comes down to this: news organizations should report all relevant news. Criminals, of all people, should not directly or indirectly affect that. Except in very specific cases, when grave and overriding equities are at stake, that's the rule we should follow. You can agree or disagree. If it's the latter, I respect your disagreement. But that's not the real point I want to discuss here. Over the course of yesterday and today I've noticed a new phenomenon that seems to have come into its own with this latest tragedy. The refusal to name these offenders' names is now transforming into a purported symbol of action and defiance.

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It looks like the Sheriff overseeing the Oregon massacre probe, John Hanlin, isn't just a pro-gun extremist. He's also a Sandy Hook Massacre Truther.