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If they really were seriously committed and they really and truly believed that their “common-sense” ideas would have prevented the massacre in Newtown, then why didn’t they run all this right though Congress back during the first two years of his administration when Democrats controlled the White House and both chambers of Congress? These “common-sense” laws would have passed with huge Democratic majorities, and Mr. Obama could have signed them all right into law.

Well, they didn’t. The reason they didn’t is because President Obama wanted to win re-election and wanted to keep control of Congress. That, apparently, was far more important than preventing the massacre of 20 innocent children in Newtown.

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