Pause in the Shootout

Even in a week of N.R.A vitriol, some Republicans and armsmakers were moving toward gun control

Debates in Washington about gun violence have become as predictable as the school shootings that set them off. Democrats call for more gun-control legislation; Republicans rage against the Clinton Administration's allegedly poor enforcement of existing laws. Both sides accuse the other of trying to score political points. With each new round, the voices get shriller. Nothing gets done.

But last week even jaded watchers of Washington's spit-and-counterspit noticed that a dollop of peace was settling over the nation. New York Governor George Pataki, a Republican, announced a broad set of gun-control reforms that include a plan to identify guns easily by...

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