The killing last December of 20 children and six adults at
But it didn't happen. A year later, on the first anniversary of the
What happened to the urgency? The obligation to prevent another atrocity? Apparently, the moral imperative is fleeting, while subservience to the
In the weeks after Newtown, President
First to go were important but more controversial bills like California Sen.
While Congress failed to act, several states did pass meaningful gun control legislation, including New York, Connecticut and Colorado. There's been pushback, including the recall of two Colorado state legislators who helped pass universal background checks on gun purchases and new limits on ammunition magazines. And the broader trend at the state level is to loosen gun laws, not tighten them. A recent
And what became of Obama's call to make access to mental health care "as easy as access to a gun"? Again, Congress punted. Some 36 states increased funding for mental health services and a dozen states passed laws enabling more people to receive court-ordered treatment for severe mental illness.