Try digitalPLUS for 10 days for only $0.99

Lee Harvey Oswald

Resigned to guns

When President Obama addressed the families and colleagues of victims of the mass shooting at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington last week, he lamented what he called a sense of "creeping resignation" among Americans toward the epidemic gun violence that has taken so many innocent lives in recent years. "Our hearts are broken again," he said, yet we seem unwilling to do what is necessary to prevent a recurrence of these shocking tragedies — and so, inevitably, they will happen again. "Clearly we care," Mr. Obama said, but "the question is do we care enough" to finally do something about it? Americans have been arguing over guns and the laws that...