Last week's tragic slayings at Virginia Tech brought two remarkably different reactions from the nation's dueling gun lobbies. The antigun crowd struck first, offering prayers in a statement followed the next day with a fundraising letter. Stopthenra.com, part of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, even offered an enticement: Give now, and a generous donor will match your gift. The National Rifle Association offered "thoughts and prayers," then refused to comment "until all the facts are known" while working to bolster background checks of gun buyers.
With Anna Mulrine