Trayvon Martin: Time for a Gun-Policy Debate

President Obama should be leading the discussion on ways to get weapons off the streets.

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Nevertheless, here's what Obama could do: Pledge not to sign bills like Begich's, should it ever pass Congress. He could explicitly call for new legislation requiring background checks on all recorded gun sales. "Having the president approach it like that," Gross says, "could make an immense difference in helping to make this a safer nation."

The president alone can't break our love affair with guns. But it's hardly unreasonable to expect him to play a more muscular role in shaping the debate. Ultimately, we bear the responsibility for keeping our streets safe for children like Trayvon Martin.

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