It has been one year since the horrific school shooting in Newtown, where 28 people were killed - mostly young children. Many people swore "never again", as always. So what has happened in the last year?
Not much. Congress managed to pass one single gun law - banning plastic guns. Obama did better, signing 23 executive orders that will help around the edges (such as allowing the CDC to do research into gun crime). At the state level, over 1500 gun laws were introduced, but only 109 were passed - and of these 70 reduced restrictions on guns. The didn't even manage to close the gun loophole at least requiring a gun license to purchase a gun.
Yes, in response to a major shooting of children, the US said "more guns". Why? Mostly because of the NRA. Over the past year they increased their pro-gun lobbying spend to $13 million, why pro-control groups only managed $1.8 million.
And the result? According to the CDC, there were probably 33,000 people killed by guns in the past year. Slate tracked gun deaths as they were reported in the news (there is no official running tally in the US). They found 11,462 gun deaths reported, of which 205 were of children and 539 were teenagers. The vast majority of reported deaths were men (9652). The "missing deaths" were probably gun suicides, which tend to go unreported.
A sad anniversary for the US, with no foreseeable improvements in the future.