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Death in Connecticut
New York Times
December 15, 2012

Each slaughter of innocents seems to get more appalling. A high school. A college campus. A movie theater. People meeting their congresswoman. A shopping mall in Oregon, just this Tuesday. Today, a kindergarten classroom...

...There is no crime greater than violence against children, no sorrow greater than that of a parent who has lost a child, especially in this horrible way. Our hearts are broken for those parents who found out their children — little more than babies really — were wounded or killed, and for those who agonized for hours before taking their traumatized children home...

...We have no doubt Mr. Obama will help in any way he can, today, but what about addressing the problem of guns gone completely out of control, which comes up each time a gunman opens fire on a roomful of people but then disappears again?

Referencing mention of a new assault weapons ban by President Obama after the Aurora, Colorado theater shootings, the NY Times' editors optimistically suggest that he "might support" it "if someone else introduced it."

Then the editors remind us that, "Republicans will never do that..." But, they also note: "Far too many Democrats also live in fear of the gun lobby and will not support an assault weapons ban, or a ban on high-capacity bullet clips or any one of a half-dozen other sensible ideas."

The Times' editors close out their editorial tonight, accordingly...

...The more that we hear about gun control and nothing happens, the less we can believe it will ever come. Certainly, it will not unless Mr. Obama and Congressional leaders show the courage to make it happen.

Originally posted to on Fri Dec 14, 2012 at 03:31 PM PST.

Also republished by Shut Down the NRA.

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