Perhaps it is naïve to think we can get all the guns off the street. But it is clear that we can no longer afford to be stifled by originalist thinking when it comes to discussing gun laws and that is exactly what groups like Gun Owners of America would like to do.
How would the NRA, who suggested after the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut that we provide armed guards in every school across America, at a cost of nearly $8 billion per year, respond to New Jersey's shooting?
The carnage in Newtown ripped my heart. I know the problem is complicated and its solution is crying out for a multifaceted approach, but common sense says it is time to legislate laying down some of our arms.
The Second Amendment was apt for its day, a shrewd mix of freedom ("the right to keep and bear arms") and duty (the "well-regulated militia" clause). But it was meant for the realities of American life over two centuries ago.
Before critics of the NRA dismiss the idea of armed security personnel in schools, they should be careful not to fall prey to the same reflexive, fanatical thinking of which they accuse staunch opponents.
The "middle ground"' is the place to stand if you care more about guns than children. What will work -- and it will require a seismic shift in the American psyche of the sort rarely experienced in history -- is the uncompromising gun policy adopted in Australia.
We cannot change the past. We cannot bring back to life a single murdered child. But all of us, regardless of party affiliation or political orientation, can and must do everything in our collective power to stop the carnage of our children in the future.
A fact-of-life in America today is that people keep guns in their homes. Maybe you don't have guns in your house, but other parents do. So, it makes sense for parents to ask about guns every time they drop their children off for a playdate, or sleepover, or birthday party.
From this common ground, this fundamental belief in the need to protect innocent children, let's begin a national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy of this magnitude from ever happening again.
"Guns aren't the issue. Look at Israel. They've got lots of guns and little gun-related violence." There's only one problem with this argument: It's not true. So the next time someone tells you that, "Israel shows we don't need gun control," here's what to tell them.
Hugging goes in the category of self-soothing. It's what we do to calm ourselves down after our nerves are jarred by something horrific. But after you're done, don't just pick up with your Christmas errands and general merry making. Pick an issue, roll up your sleeves and get to work.