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?
If it's not about guns, as the gun lobby suggests, let's ask the lobby's allies in Congress to support a comprehensive overhaul and expansion of our system for providing a full range of mental health services to everyone who needs them.
As Congress spends its lame duck session on matters like authorizing commemorative coins and Washington is absorbed with averting the fiscal cliff, gun violence -- literally a matter of life and death -- continues to rear its ugly head.
Polling shows more support for stricter gun laws than press coverage would suggest. A few new polls show continued broad support for a variety of stronger gun laws, and for the presidential candidates to devote more time to this issue.
In the days ahead, we should not look at the polling coverage and simply throw up our hands. On the contrary, there are many ways to improve our current gun laws without infringing on the rights of law-abiding citizens.
By tracking opinions toward a handgun ban, and by looking at only a few broad questions, news and polling outlets are missing a clear and important pattern: There is widespread support for a variety of gun laws.
If you live in a state that has common-sense laws for the issuance of a carry permit, consider that only 35 states require some type of training, certification or time at the firing range to carry a loaded, concealed weapon.