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Back to School

A back-to-school resolution

A back-to-school resolution

As my family goes through our back-to-school rituals — buying school supplies, packing lunches, taking first-day-of-school pictures — my excitement is tempered with thoughts of the 20 students and six educators killed almost four years ago in Newtown, Conn.

My son starts first grade at our local elementary school this year. My son is the same age as those kids. I am the same parent as those parents. While I have no connection at all with Connecticut or the families suffering there, that day haunts me. It haunts parents all across the country.

It's not only the terror of that day that haunts me. It's the fact that since 2012, our Congress has done nothing to prevent...