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Bowling for sanity
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COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When President Obama said in his State of the Union address that “This time is different,” referring to his push for tighter gun-control laws, he wasn’t just whistling Dixie. Analysts seeking insight into the gun debate need look no further than the land of cotton, where nothing is ever forgotten. In a matter of days, citizens and lawmakers on both sides of the gun issue have advanced laws to: • Allow concealed weapons to be carried in bars and restaurants; • Make it legal to purchase or own any weapon that could have been acquired legally at the end of 2012; • Strengthen background checks to identify people with mental illness.