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Published on NewsOK Modified: February 21, 2015 at 7:03 am •  Published: February 21, 2015

It possibly was. But in describing the alleged killer, the U.S. attorney for the region indicated that the shooting appeared to be "an isolated incident" and was "not part of a targeted campaign against Muslims."

The three young people who were murdered were neighbors of Craig Hicks, a former car parts salesman who was studying to be a paralegal at a local technical community college. He had previous problems with his neighbors over parking.

Hicks, while wearing a gun on his belt, apparently had been harassing the three young people because of their appearance. To think that a person is not intimidated when he is accosted by someone carrying a gun is naive.

Hicks describes himself as a supporter of the Second Amendment — that amendment which allows, according to our Supreme Court, the interchangeable use of the word militia to define a single person.

The National Rifle Association, which refuses to see any possible limit in an American's right to carry a gun, has in Hicks a supporter who used his gun to browbeat and finally to allegedly murder three young people.

A strong background check probably would have listed Hicks as a person who should not have been allowed a gun license. This might have saved three lives.

However, you can be sure the NRA answer to this killing is not to endorse background checks but to claim that the three who were murdered should have all carried guns so they could shoot back.

And, of course, gun manufacturers would thereby sell more guns.