First, some quotations from newspapers around the globe:

"All I know is that 20 children were shot at close range with an assault rifle, and that only a lunatic nation wouldn't try everything it could think of to make that less likely to happen again.
America, don't be helpless. Look at the faces. Feel how much it hurts. Try to stop it happening again."

"Given that all violence can be said to represent uncontained emotion, any measure that helps to raise emotional awareness (intelligence) is crucial. I suggest that this will provide the greatest prophylactic for society... "

"You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news."

Let's stop calling each other "libs" or "gun nuts" or any other name. Let's stop defending guns under any circumstances, saying "they" are going to take them away, and let's stop talking about banning guns. Let's stop parroting simplistic one-size-fits-all solutions or playing blame-games.

Sound bites shed no light on the situation, and all of them simply stop discussion dead in its tracks.

We have a problem. I, for one, believe that people of good intentions can come together and find an array of sensible steps to take and reasonable compromises to make. None of these compromises or steps will in themselves "solve" the problem, but taken together, they can certainly reduce the violence.

But nothing will happen if we allow ourselves to continue to be polarized, if we refuse to budge or compromise, or if we shout at each other or call the President names. I like to think America is better than that, and that people of good will can find sensible ways forward together.

Let's calm down and think!