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At Last, a Bipartisan Effort on Gun Safety

After years of stasis, even modest progress in Congress is welcome.



Photographer: Eric Lee/Bloomberg

For too long, a bipartisan, commonsense agreement to fix America’s broken gun laws has seemed out of reach. A new effort in Congress offers reasons for optimism.

In the wake of multiple mass shootings this year — including the slaughter of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, last month — Senators Chris Murphy and John Cornyn have reached a tentative bipartisan agreement on the first significant national gun reform in many years. It won’t please everyone, of course. But there’s no doubt it represents progress.