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Newtown far from a catalyst for gun control

In a year since school shootings, many states loosen their laws

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The mass shooting that killed 20 first-graders and six school workers at Sandy Hook Elementary School a year ago was a tragedy so heinous that it would, many thought, fuel a broad national campaign to make guns more difficult to buy and use.

President Obama, in a speech in this bucolic town, made it his personal mission: “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?”

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