This morning as she read the newspaper report of yet another shooting death.
Why does this keep happening, Mom?
After all those kids were killed in Newtown, you'd think someone would do something. And black kids get killed all the time - way more often than white kids.
Can't the President do something to fix this? To stop this? Can he make guns illegal?
You learned about checks and balances in the Constitution, right? The President can't act on his own.
So Congress needs to make a law?
Yes. And the National Rifle Association spends a lot of money to make sure they don't pass laws limiting access to guns.
Do you think we should do something?
Yes. Your dad and I do what we can to support politicians who would pass reasonable controls - to treat a gun like a car. Before you can get a driver's license, you'll need to pass two tests and practice for at least 65 hours, and we need to have insurance.
I guess criminals will always be able to get guns. They can steal them.
Yes. I don't think we'll completely stop gun-related crime. I do think we can reduce the number of accidental shootings and suicides by gun, though, and I think we should.
Well, the way it is just isn't right.