Sandy Hook shooting a sign of big, societal problems

In a major reversal, a slim majority of Americans see the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary as a sign of broader problems in society, not merely an isolated act of a troubled individual, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

From the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech through this year’s massacre at a theater in Aurora, Colo., the viewpoint that these were discrete episodes had been steadily increasing. The switch parallels a wave of bipartisan reaction to the mass murder in Connecticut that some speculate may prove a “tipping point” in the politics of gun control. [cont.]

Jon Cohen & Peyton M. Craighill, Washington Post

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