The nation grieves and reacts

December 22, 2012 

T he senseless slaughter of 20 first-graders and six adults Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., sent shock waves across the nation. President Barack Obama moved quickly to combat a culture of violence in America. Can Congress stand up to a gun-rights lobby that poured money into the campaigns of 47 percent of the new House members and 42 senators in the past election cycle? Time will tell.

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