The State of the Gun

Texas is the poster state for guns, and we probably won’t have the same full-spectrum debate on gun violence at the state level that voters elsewhere will see in the wake of the killings at the elementary school in Connecticut.

Even in those other precincts, the meaningful part of the debate probably won’t last long; those who hope to change the gun laws will have to act quickly, before everyone drifts back to whatever position they held before Newtown.

The proposals cover familiar ground, from disarmament and new restrictions on guns and accessories to escalation and expanded rights. From the ...

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