Anyone debating gun laws has inevitably run into a pro-gun supporter who, pulling out his trump card, has declared: "Guns don't kill people; people kill people!" But what happened in China hours before Newtown demonstrates the folly of this pithy argument.
Yes the political intransigence and cheap slogans of those on the extremes of the gun control debate are pervasive. But haven't we allowed that by our silence? Instead, be part of creating a new course of conversation.