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Soon after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, then-Gov. Tim Kaine did something that few other governors confronted with a mass shooting have done: He put together a special commission to study what happened and make recommendations for how to prevent another such horror. The commission he assembled is often described as a “blue-ribbon” panel, although there are no prizes to be given away for delving into these types of mass murders. Still, the phrase makes the point well enough. Kaine appointed some serious people to do a serious job.