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Gates was not the first billionaire to enter that fray, and at least one of those wealthy individuals donated more than $1 million. So who could have imagined that over the next two days, more than 3,300 comments flooded the site from all over the country, the vast majority laced with ugly invective, name-calling and obscenity. Most of the commenters frankly seemed illiterate, whether they were for or against the initiative -- which public opinion polls, by the way, have found to enjoy widespread support among Washington state voters. The deluge of discussion reflected the knee-jerk nature of the national debate over gun control.
The same week, however, the tone was quite different when a slight nine-year-old girl being taught to fire an Uzi submachine gun at an Arizona firing range accidentally killed her instructor by shooting him in the head when the rifle recoiled unexpectedly.
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