I asked a group of 17-year olds attending a prep school in South Florida about politics: what their own personal priorities were, and what they thought the country’s priorities should be. These 17-year olds were able to put aside their own personal wants and needs and choose rationally what makes the most sense for the country. Can President Obama do the same?
If Democrats, Republicans and President Obama are really interested in more than merely arguing about gun control for a spell and then doing nothing (which is the norm after incidents like this one), they must act decisively and act now. But debating the availability of guns without also debating availability of mental healthcare and resources won’t get us far.