In the wake of Friday’s ghastly events in Connecticut, many Americans — politicians and pundits especially — have added their voices to the “do something” chorus. This impulse is understandable. It’s human. Twenty-six innocent victims are dead, the majority of them precious young children. The desire to help, to act, to fix can be overwhelming. The president, a father of two young girls, has played the role of grief-counselor-in-chief in recent days; at times, he’s barely managed to suppress his sadness and maintain his composure during public statements. Pressure is now mounting on him to prominently champion new gun control legislation — a cause to which he’s paid lip service, but has seemed to approach with trepidation in practice. Today we learn that Obama will apparently promote renewing the federal assault weapons ban sometime next year, but how involved he’s prepared to be in that process remains to be seen. (“Sometime next year” doesn’t exactly sound like an impassioned rally cry, does it?) Liberal gun control advocates may cheer this development, but they’ve grown frustrated with Obama over the last four years, sensing that he’s unwilling to be the vocal and aggressive advocate they believe current circumstances demand. Will that frustration continue to mount in 2013? The Left-wing UK Guardian says the president’s inaction could rile liberal critics even further: