America's Weapons Craze A Fatally Counterproductive National Identity

America is grieving, praying and discussing stronger gun laws after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday. But the latest horrifying massacre is unlikely to change anything. Gun ownership is an important, if misguided, element of the country's national identity.
Churchgoers pay their respects to the shooting victims on Sunday in Newtown, Connecticut.

Churchgoers pay their respects to the shooting victims on Sunday in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Photo Gallery: Horror and Emotion in Newtown
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Photo Gallery: Horror and Emotion in Newtown