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Mark Pryor

Redemption Coming For Victims Of Sandy Hook

Redemption Coming For Victims Of Sandy Hook

The Sandy Hook massacre was a milestone in U.S. history. But it's unlikely, in the end, to be the social and political marker that many had first assumed.

The 2012 murder of 26 young children and teachers in their Newtown classrooms was succeeded by purposeful inaction in Washington. The Senate contemplated a rational, if arguably tangential, effort to require background checks for all gun purchases, a proposal supported by more than 80 percent of Americans.

Then the effort collapsed in cowardice. The House shrank even from a pretense of responsibility. The call and response between governed and governing, the spinal cord of the body politic, was severed.

The National...