Crime

Mass Shootings Defy Legal Fixes

Laws are not the solution to every, or even many, problems

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America's wrenching conversation over how to stop another mass shooting like that at Sandy Hook Elementary grew more complex this week — virtually by the hour.

Restrict guns and ammunition, some argued. No, others said: Improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness first.

Give teachers guns, still others suggested. Limit access to violent movies and video games. Build intruder-proof schools.

By midweek, no consensus emerged for preventing the next massacre other than that something needs fixing.