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Newtown fallout

by Ray Carter Modified: August 16, 2013 at 11:35 pm •  Published: August 16, 2013

Following the Newtown, Conn., shooting spree, President Barack Obama promoted new gun control laws. He often used Newtown residents as living props at events, including relatives of the children killed.

Today, that agenda item has been derailed; Obama seldom mentions the issue. One reason for gun control’s failure is illustrated by the actions of Newtown residents Obama didn’t invite to news conferences.

The Wall Street Journal reports firearm permits in Newtown significantly exceeded last year’s 12-month total by July 24. Statewide gun sales in Connecticut are on pace to surpass last year’s total by October, and last year’s total was more than double the number sold in 2000.

“I think people realize that you can’t call the police all the time and expect them to save you,” Newtown resident Bill Stevens told the Journal. “It’s sinking in to some folks that ‘I need to take responsibility for keeping my family safe.’”

by Ray Carter
Editorial Writer
Ray Carter joined The Oklahoman in May 2012 after serving as Media Director for the Oklahoma House of Representatives for over seven years. A native of Oklahoma, Carter has worked in the newspaper and public relations businesses since 1998.
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