I believe that President Obama's tears shed over gun violence were genuine, but I wish for a cessation of the rhetoric. I've never owned a gun or been a member of the National Rifle Association, but I'm tired of the NRA being vilified as an amorphous force that needs to be "stood up to." It is an organization comprising more than five million Americans, who are just as horrified by gun violence as everyone else. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of instances occur each year in which a gun prevents or prematurely ends a crime -- most of the time without even being fired.
Those who disagree with the president's proposals and attitude do not love their guns more than they love their children; they want the right of protection because they love their children.
(edited, published version printed here: http://articles.philly.com/2016-01-16/news/69796762_1_home-care-gun-lobby-certified-nursing-assistants)