Just as Grover Norquist has terrorized Republicans into signing his inflexible no-tax pledge and eschewing economic compromise with Democrats, so, too, has the National Rifle Association threatened political candidates with well-funded opposition if they even breathe a word about gun regulation, even though lone gunmen tried to assassinate President Reagan and more recently, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. And not far from the shooting today, two high school seniors went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School, killing 12 students and one teacher in 1991. So as you watch this revered toupee-wearing, mythically-macho actor Charlton Heston deliver this iconic NRA speech, picture 24 year old James Holmes, the suspect in the “Batman” massacre of 21 people today, standing next to Heston, holding aloft his Smith and Wesson AR-15 assault-style rifle and displaying his two Glock handguns and a Remington 870 single-barrel shotgun. This is the evil spawn of Heston and the NRA, bred in the cowardice of lawmakers. Shame on them – and all of us – for letting these preventable killings continue to happen.