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Opinion

Derrick Z. Jackson

Obama needs to channel an inner John Howard

President Obama says gun control is now a “central issue” of his second term. He rightfully went beyond the 20 first-graders massacred in Newtown, Conn., and spoke about police officers, women, and children shot in everyday violence in America. He said it was a level of violence “we cannot accept as routine.”

But the response of many House Republicans was all too routine, indicating they will remain central figures against gun control. A spokesman for Alaska’s Don Young said the congressman “will not support an assault weapons ban.” Jim Jordan of Ohio said in a statement, “Passing more restrictions on law-abiding citizens will not deter this type of crime.” Louie Gohmert of Texas said he wished to God that the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown “had an M-4 in her office.”

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