Gene Healy on Newtown: The Moral Panic That Wasn't

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One year ago, in the wake of the horrific school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the Obama White House released its agenda for "protect[ing] our children and communities by reducing gun violence." It was a report marked by a tone of grim urgency from its title onward: "Now Is the Time" to tighten background checks for guns, ban "military-style assault weapons," and fortify our schools. But a year later, notes Gene Healy, Newtown's legislative legacy is far less dramatic than it might have been. 

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