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Could Sandy Hook shooting be a gun-control tipping point?

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School stands as a possible tipping point after a decade-long aversion to talking about stricter gun laws.

The question surfaces each time a mass murder unfolds, especially at a school: Will this one change the political calculus in Washington, D.C., against tougher gun control?

The answer, after the Virginia Tech killings, the attempted assassination of Gabby Giffords, the Colorado movie-theater attack, the Wisconsin Sikh temple shootings, and more: No. But now?

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the bloodiest attack against youngsters in the nation’s history, stands as a possible tipping point after Washington’s decade-long aversion even to talking about stricter gun laws.

So it seems in the stunned aftermath, judging from President Barack Obama’s body language as much as his statement. “We have been through this too many times,” said the famously composed president, this time moved to tears. “We’re going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.”

It remains to be seen whether Sandy Hook will break the usual cycle of universal shock fading into political reality. That reality is based on a combination of powerful gun lobbying and public opinion, which has shifted against tougher gun control and stayed that way. However lawmakers react this time, it’s the president’s call whether the issue fades again or takes its place alongside the legacy-shaping initiatives of his time, with all the peril that could mean for his party.

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  1. schellekensr

    December 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Gun control will not prevent these events. I grew up in a country with very, very strict gun laws – and a similar thing happened there. I am anything but a champion for gun rights.
    Something much more important, however, is what needs changed. We have taken morality out of the schools. Right and wrong are words/concepts which have become alien to teachers – other than as an answer. Now we speak of acceptable/unacceptable choices, without explaining what makes these choices fit in these categories.
    We have lost the concept of objective right and wrong. Political correctness and tolerance have both contrinuted to the shift in how people respond to things which they disagrew with or when they fell sslighted etc.
    Not until the nation as a whole remembers there is such a thing as objectively wrong/right will horrible events like this exist – stricter gun laws or not.

  2. mrone

    December 17, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    Isn’t the bigger issue the increasing number of mentally ill children in our society? Nobody seems to mention that…