So, as you can tell, I am back in the fight.
All of us — those who have felt this way for a long time, the jaded adults who conceded defeat to the NRA — need to get active again. And I don't mean posting on Facebook. I mean taking real action.
Andrew Cohen, contributing editor of The Atlantic, is right: "Our nation's inability to protect our school children from gun violence is not just a basic failure of law and government. It's a personal failure on the part of every adult — and especially every parent — in America."
So this is what we do:
•We support assault-weapons bans, and bans on ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
••We write to the people who represent us in Congress. If they already support sane gun laws, then we write to those who don't or who are on the fence.
•We support the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
•We write to major retailers, starting with Walmart, the world's largest, and implore them to stop selling anything other than classic hunting rifles and shotguns. Tell them you will not shop in their stores otherwise.
•We refuse to support filmmakers and gamemakers who market violence to teenage boys.
•We brace ourselves for a sustained fight. This is going to take a while. Let's get busy.