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This week, the president called the Senate's rejection of gun control a "shameful day for Washington." The media had a few shameful days of its own, led by the New York Post's appalling (and inaccurate) "Bag Men" front-page photo. In the end, an extraordinary effort by law enforcement and the public (including the hospital bed ID offered by the grievously wounded Jeff Bauman) brought a rapid, if surreal, end to the hunt for the perpetrators of the Boston bombings. "This has been a tough week," said the president, "but we've seen the character of our county once more... They failed because we refuse to be terrorized." The best way to continue that refusal is to stay true to our values.