12/14/2012 04:10 pm ET Updated Feb 13, 2013

What More Does It Take!

A national killing spree now takes the lives of children. What more does it take for the NRA to be shoved aside for a rational debate about gun control?

Though a majority of Americans believe in a broad right to own guns, they also support universal background checks, permit requirements and measures to keep guns out of the hands of potentially dangerous people. But there is a myth among the political class, perpetuated by the NRA, that backing such measures loses elections.

Already we hear the usual gun horror show routine. First, while we grieve we are told now is not the time for a gun control debate. Then, after the tragedy fades there never is a time.

If not now, when? Perhaps there is nothing we can do. But we can't know if we can't even have a reasonable, fact-based discussion about the possibilities.

One thing it is time for: the National Rifle Association should calm down, get out of the way or be put out of the way.

Some thoughts from ThinkProgress about the NRA's exaggerated political power while we absorb this latest tragedy:

Craig blogs daily on Trail Mix.