It is no insult to the Almighty to say it's time for Congress to go beyond "thoughts and prayers" about ways to curtail gun violence. "Prayer leaders have their important place in this, but we are Senate leaders," said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Springfield, as he convened his Senate Judiciary Committee after the latest mass killing. The role of prayer leaders is to get specific: Give us an assault weapons ban and expanded background checks. The role of Senate leaders is to lead. After a moment of silence comes time for a moment of action. –Fletcher Farrar, editor and CEO

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