That's an easy, simple truth. It can't be politicized, analyzed or reduced to anything other than what it is: reality. My brother is dead because of a gun. You can lump him into a statistic. You can break down the circumstances. But at the end of the day, what can I really say that will call you to action?
The basic problem is that Republicans want to use the revenue from limiting tax breaks to cut tax rates. Democrats want to limit tax breaks to raise revenue. And in the aftermath of the election and the Republicans' concession on tax hikes for the wealthy, both sides seem to have dug in more deeply.