In Utah, the reaction to the reaction to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was for politicians to circle the wagons around extreme libertarian interpretations of the Second Amendment. Fears of federal agents presumably ferried in by United Nations black helicopters seizing our guns motivated a slew of bills. They would do everything from allowing county sheriffs to arrest those gun-grabbing feds to removing the need for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
But, it seems, tempers have cooled and people in power have started to take their responsibilities more seriously.
Slowly but surely, Utah leaders seem to be grasping the reasoning of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, leader of the court's conservative wing, who famously held in a key case that while individual gun ownership cannot be prohibited, it can be limited in many reasonable ways, including bans on concealed carry, if a state so chooses, and limits on possession by felons or the mentally ill.