As a young law student, I have followed the legal aftermath of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre. People across America, fearing violence, have pressed their legislators for action.
They ask that they protect them from such wanton violence. President Barack Obama has said he will propose laws to do just that.
The law is not a magic shield that can avert tragedy. The law is simply an agreement to do or not do certain things. Nothing more. The power of the law comes from people's willingness accept it. Those who don't cannot be governed by any present or future law.