December 20, 2012 1:19 PM

Will the Connecticut massacre change anything?

Is fatalism the proper response to the grotesque massacre of children in Newtown, Conn., last week? It is important to resist such temptations on most policy issues — I still believe there's a small chance for peace in the Middle East, after all — but on the matter of controlling guns, the path isn't immediately apparent and resignation sometimes feels in order.

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