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A year later, Newtown tragedy fails to result in gun law changes

December 14, 2013
The Marietta Times

Three-hundred and sixty-five days have elapsed since a young madman senselessly slaughtered 20 elementary school children and seven adults in Newtown, Connecticut. The unimaginably horrific nature of that crime prompted a national outcry for action. Eighty-nine percent of Americans have expressed support for comprehensive background checks and stronger restrictions on the efforts of mentally ill persons and felons to purchase and own firearms. During that same period, members of the U.S. House of Representatives worked only 126 days (spending the rest of their time either raising campaign funds or sponsoring faux "town hall" meetings opposing the Affordable Care Act). Despite the proliferation of gun violence and the wishes of an overwhelming majority of their constituents they have thus far passed no meaningful gun safety legislation. The U.S. Senate is not without sin either. In April 2013, it rejected the Toomey/Manchin Background Check Bill, but finally agreed (Dec. 9, 2013) to extend the existing ban on computer-generated, all-plastic weapons that cannot be detected by airport scanners.



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