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"When everyone is carrying a firearm, nobody is going to be a victim," Arizona State Rep. Jack Harper told the Arizona Republic in the wake of the mass shooting of a congresswoman, 9 year-old girl, judge and others in his state.

Here's a look at what happens when "everyone is carrying a firearm":

An armed man at the Arizona shooting almost mistakenly shot another man who had already disarmed the real shooter, the Arizona Republic and other media reported.

Slate notes :

"That's what happens when you run with a firearm to a scene of bloody havoc. In the chaos and pressure of the moment, you can shoot the wrong person. Or, by drawing your weapon, you can become the wrong person—a hero mistaken for a second gunman by another would-be hero with a gun. Bang, you're dead. Or worse, bang bang bang bang bang: a firefight among several armed, confused, and innocent people in a crowd. It happens even among trained soldiers. Among civilians, the risk is that much greater. "

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"It seems strange that a pro-Western government, supported by the U.S. Army and other NATO countries on its own territory, would seek Russian or Chinese weapons through questionable channels," the anti-Mafia prosecutor wrote in seeking the arrest warrant that short-circuited the complex deal.

And so another shady arms deal is opened up for the world to see, all thanks to those "anti-Mafia prosecutors" in Italy, where they still take shady international business deals with dead seriousness.

Is it 1987 all over again? Not quite. The proceeds from the sale (a mere $6.6 million profit) would line the Italian conspirators' pockets, not fund U.S.-supported militias in another corner of the world. But the deal is of such questionable, unbelievable proportions that it's sure to reach wider than just a few Italian-Iraqi connections. The U.S. command in Iraq denies involvement, despite this:

Investigators say the prospect of an Iraq deal was raised last November, when an Iraqi-owned trading firm e-mailed Massimo Bettinotti, 39, owner of the Malta-based MIR Ltd., about whether MIR could supply 100,000 AK-47 assault rifles and 10,000 machine guns "to the Iraqi Interior Ministry," adding that "this deal is approved by America and Iraq."

The results of a few sinister Iraqi politicos or a wider scandal involving Russia (the Iraqis insisted on Russian-made, as opposed to Chinese-made, assault rifles) and other countries? The question is: Where did the $40 million come from to make the purchase? U.S. taxpayers? Oil revenue? It sort of makes the Oil-for-Food scandal relatively toothless.

Stay tuned.

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