Speed is essential in reforming gun laws

Action needs to be taken before the emotional impact of the Connecticut shootings begins to fade, writes Niall Stanage in Washington DC.

23rd December, 2012
The names of the shooting victims displayed on a flag in the business district of Newtown, Connecticut. Photo: Getty

The shock that enveloped the United States and much of the wider world after the horrific December 14 school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, is beginning to give way to the more difficult debate over what should be done about America's gun laws.

President Barack Obama announced at a news conference last week that he would support new gun control regulations. Obama said that while renewed discussion about the gun laws was a positive thing, "this time,...

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