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Prior to the police revealing Thursday that a shooting spree this week in California was likely the work of a radicalized terrorist and his wife, the New York Times was already off and running, demanding that lawmakers enact stricter gun laws.

"There will be post-mortems and an official search for a 'motive' for this latest gun atrocity, as if something explicable had happened. The ultimate question grows with each new scene of carnage: Are these atrocities truly beyond the power of government and its politicians to stop?" the newspaper's editorial board asked.

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