After Newtown

The first entry on this blog was written in response to the massacre in Aurora, Colorado, less than 5 months ago:

Tom Tomorrow offers a “generic cartoon” on the theory that nothing will change:

But maybe the horror of what happened in Newtown will finally make a difference. The NRA is trying to pretend that nothing happened last week. Certain politicians are reconsidering their positions. Maybe we can decide as a nation that some of us shouldn’t be allowed to exercise the right to bear arms, and none of us should be allowed to exercise that right by owning weapons designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

Nicholas Kristof calls attention to some sensible ways in which we can make this a more civilized country. For example, we could regulate guns as seriously as we regulate cars and ladders:

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