Remember when the schoolhouse massacre in Newtown, Conn., was supposed to be the day everything changed? Remember when the massacre of children less than four months ago was going to bring right-thinking people together in a quest for common-sense solutions to gun violence?
That was before a bill intended to regulate gun violence reached Congress. Though the bill is likely to reach the Senate floor Thursday, it has been stripped of many key provisions gun-control advocates had hoped for. Even the watered-down version is not guaranteed to win approval.