Walter Shapiro, who has covered the last nine presidential races, is a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU and is a lecturer in political science at Yale. His email is email@example.com. And you can follow him on Twitter @waltershapiroPD.
Sometimes in politics good intentions are not enough. Even though the president often radiates all the passion of some-assembly-required instructions from Ikea, the dead children at Sandy Hook Elementary School obviously scarred Obama’s soul. But nearly seven months after Newtown, perhaps we should sadly conclude that this time is not different and that Obama accomplished little that is lasting with his intense advocacy of gun control.