On Wednesday, House Speaker Robert DeLeo named Jack McDe­vitt, an asso­ciate dean at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, to lead a spe­cial com­mis­sion on gun vio­lence with a pos­sible focus on keeping weapons out of the hands of the men­tally ill.

McDe­vitt said the tragedy in New­town, Conn., has gal­va­nized interest in pro­tecting inno­cent people from gun violence.

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