Nothing else mattered this week. Not the fiscal cliff. Not the Benghazi report. Not the death of one-time Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork. This was the week we mourned the murder of little ones and the teachers who died trying to save them from a madman with an assault weapon.

We saw President Obama weep more than once. We’ve seen more than one gun-rights advocate soften their hard-line opposition in the face of such evil. And we’ve seen the fearsome National Rifle Association knocked back on its heels. May it stay there long enough to get sensible gun-control legislation passed and signed into law. If the slaughter of innocents isn’t enough to change the status quo then shame on all of us.

(Charles Krupa/AP)