Every time a tragedy happens we look to our leaders for guidance. For the eleventh time in the 7 years of his presidency, Barack Obama has addressed a nation left reeling after yet another deadly mass shooting, "We've become numb to this," he said. And as with previous shootings some of the same tired statements emerged, from insisting that it's not a matter of guns but only 'a mental health issue' (though there is no follow up), to the ludicrous argument that teachers should be armed, to calls for "a good guy with a gun" to stop these heinous acts. The President took a different tack in his response to the most recent attack, he spoke strongly and clearly in his call on the nation to move beyond merely expressing "thoughts and prayers." He called for substantive action to prevent this "carnage" which has "somehow become routine." In a preemptive response to the requisite criticism about "politicizing" this issue he called on all Americans to thoughtfully consider this issue saying "it is relevant to our common life together." In particular he turned to the media and said they should tally up the number of Americans killed by terrorists against those killed by guns. The numbers speak for themselves. They also reveal the uncomfortable imbalance of whole agencies established and over a trillion dollars spent to fight terror on the one hand, with willful intransigence in Congress against passing common sense gun laws that kill hundreds of thousands of Americans on the other. It's refreshing to see the President call on Americans to be engaged and active and to make their voice heard on this crucial issue.