I believe the time has come to reconsider how we wish to leave our country for our children and theirs. As the anniversary of the school shooting in Newton, Connecticut (12/13/13), approaches, I believe that together, we have the ability to spare our children and country.
Lee Harvey Oswald buys his rifle through the NRA's American Rifleman magazine. Fifty years later, the magazine marks the anniversary by offering a "Historic NRA Exclusive Offer" hawking silver JFK half dollars issued after his assassination.
Politicians refuse to speak out even when they have more than three quarters of the population supporting them. Dick Metcalf went into the lion's den, risking his employment at a top gun magazine, to stand up for a rational view of firearms.
Our nation's gun violence epidemic is not inevitable. Scholars must be allowed to do the desperately needed scientific research that will help parents, policymakers and the public determine how we can all work together to stop it.
There will come a day, probably sooner rather than later, when events like "Guns Save Lives Day" will no longer be viable fundraisers, when changing demographics will result in an American public that is totally offended and alienated by such antics.
It is the aftermath where the president and other leaders once again offer their "deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the victims, and where we all wipe tears from our eyes, go home -- and nothing happens.
When individuals like Aaron Alexis are not prohibited purchasers under existing federal law, it is obvious that universal background checks alone are not enough. We need to have a national discussion about expanding the disqualifying criteria.