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Opinion

jeff jacoby

Good laws will never abolish evil

It’s remarkable how confident so many people are that they know what causes – and how to prevent — horrific massacres like the one Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

In a TV interview over the weekend, one observer insisted that the mass-murder in Newtown was all too predictable, given America’s failure to implement a desperately overdue reform. “Should we be so surprised that schools would become a place of carnage?” this individual demanded, showing no hint of uncertainty about exactly what needs to be fixed.

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