Editorial Exchange: Barack Obama Takes Aim at Weapons of War

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Editorial Exchange: Barack Obama takes aim at weapons of war

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An editorial from the Toronto Star, published Dec. 19:

They held services for Dawn Hochsprung and Victoria Soto on Wednesday, grieving the loss of two brave women who defied a mass murderer and his weapons of slaughter. Hochsprung was the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School who boldly threw her 5-foot-2 frame at the gunman who had forced his way into the building. Soto was the heroic teacher who huddled over her kids, trying to shield them, amid a hail of bullets.

Americans are still in shock at the horror of this massacre of 20 first graders and six educators, one of the most searing incidents ever of gun violence. And, just maybe, they will be stirred to action.

In a daring and welcome move, U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to launch his second term in office by pushing Congress to keep "weapons of war" off the streets, to curb the worst violence.

This bid to put the "safety" on at least some aspects of American gun culture will be an uphill battle, given the nation's passion for guns, the obtuse Republican obsession with them, a Constitution that enshrines the right to bear arms and a Supreme Court that has interpreted that right over broadly. But Obama's drive to improve health care was an uphill battle, too. Could there be a better legacy for a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, than curbing the scourge of gun violence that kills 30,000 a year by suicide, homicide or accident? …