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n media, and school safety.By the time President Obamas gun task force was halfway finished with its work, it was clear that those other considerations were going to be window dressing at best. Gun control advocates, fearing that every day that passed from the raw emotions of the killings, made their hopes of getting a gun ban in place dwindle, decided to ditch what is complicated or innovative and fall back to old and largely failed ideas.While murder rates have dramatically declined in America over the past two decades, the phenomenon of mass killings has become a cultural sickness. Broken families, a corroded culture, the isolation and alienation of the Internet age, the inadequacy of mental health care and failing schools all play a part. These are matters of the heart and soul of a society, and these killings are terrible symptoms of chronic disease.Manchin was calling for something that would explore and address some of these root causes, but before the conversation could begin, the gun grabbers were already grabbing and the cold-dead-handers were already gripping tighter. The moment was gone. The attacks had begun, and what was a moment of national dialogue reverted to pointless political shouting matches.Today, Manchin is trying to sell a compromise on firearms background checks that would have done nothing to prevent the Newtown killings, since the perpetrator there didnt buy the weapons. He took them from his mother, whom he a tingly said. "He should not play a game until Greinke can pitch. If he plays before Greinke pitches, something's wrong. He caused the whole thing. Nothing happens if he goes to first base."Greinke twice hit Quentin with pitches when they were in the American League.Quentin said his history with Greinke has been "well-documented. That situation could have been avoided. You'd have to ask Zack about that.""I've been hit by many pitches," said Quentin, plunked more often than any other major league hitter since the start of 2008. "Some have been intentional, some have not been. For the amount I have been hit and my hitting style, I'm going to repeat: I have never reacted that way."Kemp, one of four players ejected following the fight, found Quentin as they were leaving the ballpark after the game. The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Kemp briefly went nose-to-nose with Quentin before Padres pitcher Clayton Richard, who is 6-5 and 245 pounds, stepped between them. Police and security moved in to break it up.Both teams said the melee could have been avoided."I never hit him on purpose," said Greinke, who still appeared shaken after the game. "I never thought about hitting him on purpose. He always seems to think that I'm hitting him on purpose, but that's not the case. That's all I can really say about it."Asked if there was bad blood between the teams, Greinke said: "Now there probably is. I don't know if there was beforehand."He said the injury was "a