Following the slaughter of three police officers in Stanton Heights, we've been wringing our hands, asking: "How could such a thing happen?" The obvious but unpopular answer is: Because practically every person in our society has access to guns.
It's past time for gun control. We need to eliminate guns in America, period. Guns are meant to incapacitate, intimidate, injure and kill -- nothing else. How many more innocent people will be killed or injured before we act? How many more times will law enforcement representatives ask for stricter gun laws before we respond? How many more shootouts and murders must we endure?
To local political, cultural and religious leaders who care so much for the "protection of life": Where are you now?
The Constitution can be changed. Citizens who are worried about their community -- or those who simply don't want to fall victim to gun violence -- must begin an organized effort to get guns off our streets and out of our homes. But who is willing to lead such an effort?