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It’s a sign that they know they can’t get anything done on their own.

The gun-control caucus hasn’t grown overnight – in fact it’s been shrinking in size and passion for years. The executive director of the Gun Owners of America, an influential group in conservative circles, said Friday that “blood is on the hands of members of Congress” because of restrictions that are already on the books. And those in power on Capitol Hill haven’t said much of anything, except that they’re mourning the loss of those who were killed.

The problem: They can’t agree on the problem. Pro-gun folks say arming Americans will make them safer. The gun-control crowd believes limiting access to automatic weapons and high-capacity clips can prevent massacres like the one on Friday.

They all say something must be done – the same thing they say after each horrific mass murder. But nothing is ever done. The truth is that Capitol Hill has been paralyzed on gun issues for most of this generation, having last approved major gun laws, including the “Brady bill” and the now-expired assault weapons ban, in 1994. Since then, the needle has moved toward fewer restrictions on guns and ammunition.

The president said Saturday that he wants to see “meaningful action” on prevention, but shied away from talking about gun control directly.

Many Democrats hope that Obama, who is traveling to Newtown to participate in a vigil tonight, will soon push Congress to enact new gun-control measures. The White House declined Saturday night to preview his remarks.

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