Infringing on a constitutional right is no small matter. That means any legislative scheme would have to pass the "compelling interest" test. On the other hand, it also means that if you show a compelling interest, you can curtail some aspects of that right.
From the fiscal cliff debate to the crisis in Syria, the news cycle and our attention spans will eventually wander. That is why it is all the more important for the Democratic party to keep the pressure up on gun control.
From this day forward my first question to anyone calling or emailing or knocking on my door to solicit support will be the same: does your candidate openly and actively support a ban on the legal possession of military-style assault weapons?
This weekend, the nation was all grieving. Our church was packed on Sunday, as many congregations were across the country. You can feel the grieving, and it has brought us together. But what comes after the grief?
Romney said that we should, "tell our kids before they have kids they ought to think about getting married to someone." I couldn't disagree more. Marriage and parenting are both hard work. But these are two separate endeavors.
The right to bear arms should be preserved, but in the context of stricter gun laws that enable law enforcement to control and track weapons, and to provide adequate disincentive for the abuse of firearms.
As the American people continue to be sickened by the now-regular public ritual of mass shootings there is simply no excuse for the leaders of either major political party to pretend there is some insurmountable partisan or ideological divide that prevents us from coming together to find solutions.
If the story of our country were a movie, we have established the villain: our ineffective gun laws. If our story were a movie, the hero -- reluctant or not -- would accept his calling by the end of act one.
Leaders calling for a renewed ban are, not surprisingly, those most exposed to them on the streets: America's police chiefs. Many of them are NRA members, but they know assault weapons put the lives of their officers and citizens at risk.