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A History of Violence

President Obama’s immediate response to the unspeakable shootings in Newtown, Conn., was to call for people “to come together to take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.” But it’s precisely gun politics that have prevented us from taking “meaningful action” in response to a surge in mass shootings in recent years. 

The president’s inexact phrase leaves unaddressed what might be done. Gun-control advocates have called for reinstating the federal as…