Now that Republicans in Congress won important concessions in the debt ceiling debate, the next partisan battle is likely to be over what promises to be the first major scandal of the Obama administration: the botched gun sting known as "Operation Fast and Furious."
For two years, the guiding principle of the administration's approach to gun violence has boiled down to, "Don't rile up the gun guys!" But for the first time since taking office, the president seems ready to do the right thing on guns.
If the "reformers" want to argue for weakening, rather than strengthening, regulation of gun dealers, then let's put all the data on the table. Let the gun lobby make its case. But suppression of the data itself is nothing but a policy of government-enforced ignorance.
The former mayor of Santiago, Mexico Edelmiro Cavasos, is one of 28,000 Mexicans who have died over the past four years in drug-gang-fueled violence, which has some of its roots in the weak gun laws of the U.S.
While the ATF announces it will fight terrorist enemies' access to our cigarette supply, the agency continues to sit out the debate about the background check system that enables terror suspects to buy all the guns they want.
There is no question that we need to devote far more resources to enforcing federal gun laws. But it is a transparent fallacy to argue that deficiencies in enforcing current laws justify inaction to strengthen those laws.
We need partners in every community; and we need elected officials, in Congress and in state legislatures, to stop catering to special interests and instead act in the public interest to reduce the terrible, and escalating, risk of gun violence in America.