The murders in Newtown have aroused a nation to reflection and action. In the short term, measures to ban assault weapons are of the highest priority. Whether such a ban would have prevented the mass shooting in Newtown or others, I do not know. However, the conversation and effort seems to be justified by prudent common sense.
Beyond issues related to gun control, broader questions are being raised concering mental health, violent video games, violent movies and a general cultural brutishness that may create the conditions for increased violent outbursts in our society.
There may be some justification for rising …