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Response to Newtown killings demands gun laws — and more

The announcement that Vice President Joe Biden is heading a task force of officials from Justice, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Education to prepare a response to the nation’s epidemic of mass killings hints at the scope of the problem: No single answer, even expanded gun controls, is going to prevent deranged individuals from attempting massacres.

But the Obama administration’s approach of combining measures from different departments seems by far the wisest course — especially compared to the inertia that usually comes after the grieving for victims has ended. To develop a comprehensive plan in short order, Biden’s task force should draw on proposals that are already in place:

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