Today the Guardian US is launching Break the Cycle, a new series to challenge the orthodoxy that gun reform is a hopeless pursuit

Gun violence in America follows a ritualized playbook. Shootings happen, outrage is expressed, debate ensues, preventative measures are suggested. Then the backlash begins. And nothing happens.

It’s clear that the cyclical way the media covers America’s gun violence is letting politicians off the hook. Within days of each massacre, the satellite trucks pack up, the headlines fade and the brief opening for a national conversation ends.

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