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The End of Gun Massacres Begins With You

A radical fringe can only dictate policy if the rest of us allow it.
Grief-stricken in Florida.

Grief-stricken in Florida.

Photographer: Joe Cavaretta/Sun Sentinel/TNS/Getty Images

You have the power to reduce gun violence.

It’s important to keep that in mind as the U.S. undergoes its maddening post-massacre ritual: digesting the news reports of a disturbed man and his unfettered access to military-grade firepower; listening to another round of blame deflection from leaders of the party that repeatedly blocks congressional efforts to curb gun violence; enduring the cynical silence of the gun lobby amid the anguish of devastated families.