|Former Rep. Gabby Giffords testifying before Congress|
These figures are still too high. We still need to develop a wise policy concerning firearms, one that gets beyond fear mongering and finger pointing. Otherwise, there will be another Sandy Hook, another Aurora, and another Columbine. Still, we the public seem to be already taking action ourselves to accomplish what Congress can't seem to do—reduce gun violence. For whatever reason, when it comes to guns we are behaving better. That's good. That's hopeful for the future. Sooner or later the current gun debate will quiet down again, and even if we can't get the national legislation we need to improve the situation we face today it seems likely that all of the publicity and debate that has taken place since Sandy Hook will itself have a further positive impact. That is a prayer as well as a reasonable hope for the future. Amen.