Editorial Board

Dividing Hunters From Ideologues

“This is common sense,” Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said today as he and Republican Senator Pat Toomey announced their proposal to subject gun sales online and at gun shows to background checks. In the politics of guns, common sense counts as a major breakthrough. The bipartisan deal might even be enough to help background-check legislation pass in Congress. If not, the long-term implications of the compromise are still important.

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