President Obama's unilateral White House action on gun control is a good start. But Obama took the action precisely because he knows that gun control legislation is a virtual dead letter in Congress at least for the time being.
If Obama issues executive orders toughening gun curbs he would and should be applauded for it. But the ball is still in Congress and the public's court to do everything possible to prevent another Sandy Hook massacre.
The commitments to "principled engagement" and "living our values" are especially vital to advancing human rights. For years, U.S. leadership on the world stage has suffered because the U.S. seems to hold a double standard.