Ed Rendell,
Philadelphia Daily News Contributor

THE DEATH of 20 little children and six courageous adults at Newtown, Conn., has managed to do what no other killing spree could – it has caused heretofore wuss politicians to take a stand and speak out about the need for sensible laws controlling the access to assault weapons and mega-capacity ammunition clips, and it has galvanized national public opinion in support of these efforts.

It didn’t happen after Tucson, where we saw the heartbreaking tragedy of the 9-year-old girl killed because she wanted to meet her role model, U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, or after Aurora, when a crazed gunman assassinated 12 people and wounded 58 more, shockingly using a 100-bullet clip to create this carnage.

Perhaps it was because there were so many young children killed and the horrific way they were executed (one child was hit by 17 bullets), or the fact that it happened at school, but the attack at Sandy Hook struck a chord that no other has been able to do. Will it be enough to bring about real change?


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