Thirteen people shot dead in Binghamton, New York.
Eight killed at a North Carolina nursing home.
Ten murdered across several towns in southern Alabama.
In the last month, seven mass shootings have claimed the lives of 53 people.
The enormity of these tragedies makes them front page news. But, on average, 32 people die every day in gun-related violence.
Gun control advocates say it is too easy for the wrong people to get their hands on a weapon.
Background checks are meant to keep criminals from owning guns. But just about anyone can walk into a gun show and buy a weapon from a private dealer, no questions asked.
The Brady Campaign to prevent gun violence reports that 83% of Americans favor background checks on all gun sales.
Legislators have an obligation to protect the Constitution.
They also have a responsibility to protect citizens from more of the tragedies that keep replaying themselves in communities all across America.
That's a page from my notebook.