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Hard Newtown Questions

By Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal - December 26, 2012

'We as a nation, we are left with some hard questions," President Obama said at the memorial service on the Sunday after the Newtown massacre, and he is right about that. Too bad we don't seem to be asking those questions barely two weeks later, as the debate has already deteriorated into another political brawl over gun control and little else.

Three days after his moving remarks in Newtown, Mr. Obama's first act was to form a task force on gun control under Joe Biden. It will report next month, but already we know it will recommend more or less the same laws that prevailed in the 1990s or already exist in some states. A ban on certain "assault weapons" that are easily adapted to get around the law. A ban on large magazines that mean a determined killer can simply carry multiple clips. And more regulation of gun sales between private individuals. tions.

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