The issues of gun rights and gun legislation are some of the most divisive topics in contemporary American life. Generally speaking, on the political right people feel that responsible, law-abiding citizens should have the right bear arms without interference from the government. On the political left people tend to believe that access to certain kinds of guns needs to be limited and perhaps even eliminated... and there is a lot people in the country who lie somewhere in the middle.
Whether you are on the right or the left of this issue, it does seem that the one thing people can agree on is that these types of incidences need to be stopped... and that is about all people can agree upon. With views ranging from, "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun..." to "getting rid of guns will get rid of gun violence..." it is often difficult to have productive debate and discussion about the topic.
However that is exactly what our leaders need to do. They need to have an actual conversation about this issue and do something that for the past decade or so they have refused to, work together. President Obama nailed it when he said, "thoughts and prayers are not enough." Something in this country needs to change because put very simply, the system we have in place now is not working.