The Time for Gun Control Laws Is Now

Your Take: There is absolutely no way around it this time. Legislative action on firearms has to happen.

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Many of our nation's legislators have a deep, abiding commitment to effect change through the legislative process. In so many instances, their commitment comes from their passions, their pain or a combination of both. I think all of America wishes that we had addressed the issues enabling yet another disaster, a massacre, before it happened. However, we did not. Let's not have another "Woulda, coulda, shoulda" moment, because the cost of another life is far too high a price to pay.

As President Obama said last Sunday night: "We're not doing enough, and we will have to change." Choking up and shedding tears while reading our president's remarks and viewing the pictures of the fallen children, I pray that America will be moved to address the nation's societal ills far before disaster strikes yet again.

Angela Rye, an attorney and political strategist, is a co-founder of IMPACT and the executive director and general counsel for the Congressional Black Caucus. She has been featured in The Root 100, MSNBC's "BLTWY Power List: 35 Under 35 Who Changed DC" and the Washington Post's "Who Runs Gov." Follow her on Twitter.

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