Van Hollen's exact words were...
"I think if you look back in our history, usually criminals by their very definition, people who are gonna commit heinous crimes like this, don't necessarily pay much attention to the law," said Van Hollen.
Yeah sure, Mister Attorney. So why propose laws at all? Why have any laws if they'll only be ignored and broken? Sheeesh.
At this stage, I'm not too surprised Van Hollen would form an opinion drawn on the old, "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns" NRA slogan. After all, he is a big NRA supporter. But it's such a knee-jerk pre-determination. Plus, he's the State Attorney General, it's his job to apply state laws for the common good and serve as the counselor to state agencies. Instead, it's as if Van Hollen is promoting the gun, not rule-of-law, as the premier arbitrator of the land. We're not that far gone yet - are we?