Gun violence is getting worse, with more deaths, increased frequency of incidents and new tactics by killers. America sits by helpless, enthralled with the old notion that the status quo is protected by the Constitution and there is nothing anybody can do. Abraham Lincoln faced a similar addiction to slavery, but "viewed the whole nation as capable of rising to the occasion of breaking its hypnotic attachment to ideas once considered acceptable," writes Peter Marty, editor/publisher of Christian Century. Lincoln, Dec. 1, 1862: "We must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country." –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

Bruce Rushton is on vacation. His column, Upon Further Review, will be back when he returns.

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