Police in a Dallas suburb dubbed the "Christmas Capital of Texas" searched for clues on Monday to explain the apparent murder-suicide rampage that left seven people shot dead among unwrapped holiday presents.
The dead -- four women and three men, one of them believed to be the gunman -- were found late Sunday morning in an apartment living room in the town of Grapevine by police answering a voiceless 911 emergency call, authorities said.
Two pistols were recovered from the home, said Sergeant Robert Eberling of the Grapevine police department, who called it a "gruesome crime scene" and the worst outburst of gun violence in the town's history.
In Texas, as in many other places, they insist on the fact that gun ownership is a right protected by the Constitution. In order to preserve that right, gun-rights folks resist the restrictions that would keep guns out of the hands of dangerous, unstable people.
This is the price we pay.
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