http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/3 ... ert28.html On Oct. 11, six years will have passed since the murder of Thomas Wales, the assistant U.S. attorney who was shot in his home on Queen Anne. Wales was president of Washington CeaseFire, the state's principal gun-control advocacy group. He was at his desk ... when he was gunned down. Wales' death comes to mind in the light of two more recent shootings -- the killings in April of 32 students at Virginia Technical University and the slaughter, in August, of three students and the serious wounding of a fourth in Newark, N.J. The response to the latter shootings has been so pathetically typical that 'only in America' best describes our national capacity for the ludicrous in American life when it comes to talking about guns in our society . . .