It has been a dismal decade for gun control advocates. They lost the federal so called assault weapons ban when it expired in 2004. The U.S. Supreme Court made history by proclaiming an individual has a right to own firearms for self defense. A Democratic president came into office vowing not to take away anyone's guns. So it's no surprise that anti gun forces would take the mass shooting Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., as a rare opportunity to reverse their fortunes. It's also no surprise that their proposals are models of futility.

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