The tax code is already extremely progressive. Everybody deserves a chance in life, but not endless second chances, especially when it's at somebody else's expense.By poverty I didn't really mean bad life choices or work ethic, I more or less meant being born into it. And often is the case then is when you have nothing, sometimes illegal activities seem like the only viable options. I think adopting more economic fairness measures directly benefits the less fortunate, and in turn could lead to less crime.
And if he couldn't buy an assault rifle, he would have just used another weapon. Access to firearms was not a problem for him. Personally, I don't think an assault weapon is reasonably necessary to protect oneself except for in a war zone, but the anti-gun crowd just as easily goes to the other polar extreme by demanding that people not be able to carry guns in various places or at all. I read an article today where a college professor threatened that he would stop teaching class if he found any of his students had a concealed carry permit. The head of the school retaliated by saying the professor had no right to make such a threat, and if he did so he would be reprimanded.And criminals aren't necessarily circumventing laws to get weapons. The Aurora shooter acquired his arms legally. If the assault weapons ban was still in place he would not of been able to acquire the assault weapons or high-capacity magazines that he used.