A few coincidences in the spate of news about guns, violence and freedom:
* You've got your US Second Amendment Freedom to own, carry and sell firearms.
* The major supplier, of late, being the once-obscure (but no more, post-Newtown) Freedom Group:
In recent years, many top-selling brands — including the 195-year-old Remington Arms, as well as Bushmaster Firearms and DPMS, leading makers of military-style semiautomatics — have quietly passed into the hands of a single private company. It is called the Freedom Group — and it is the most powerful and mysterious force in the American commercial gun industry today.* Then you've got your in-chaos, DC-based Tea Party group FreedomWorks - - not to be confused with Freedom Group - - where former US House of Representatives Leader Dick Armey showed up recently and tried to seize control - - true story, not from The Onion - - and was accompanied by a gun-toting aide.
Exercising, was the aide, his NRA-protected, Second Amendment-guaranteed freedom to carry a firearm - - but not one of Freedom Group's many brands because it does not yet own a handgun line.
Freedom Group manufactures and sells a number of well-known so-called "long gun" brands - - Winchester, Remington, Marlin - - and the now-infamous Bushmaster, whose military-style, semi-automatic military-style rifles were used in the DC sniper, Newtown grade school, Portland shopping mall and upstate New York firefighter mass shootings, according to media and law enforcement accounts.
Freedom being just a word for nothing else to looe, only in song.