As we get ready to watch the Vice Presidential candidate debate tonight, a reporter here in my hometown of Flint, Michigan, asked Rep. Paul Ryan whether he thinks we have a gun problem. Here are a few of the things I heard - and didn't hear - in his answer.
First, he said we have a crime problem in our inner cities. And I agree with him - though we have a crime problem in our suburbs and towns, too, as recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin painfully reminded us.
Second, he said we should enforce the gun laws we have. And I agree with him on that point too - and I am committed to doing all that we can to make sure that criminals and other dangerous people don't exploit the legal loopholes that allow them to easily buy guns. But this does not change the fact that there are too many illegal guns in every community in our country.
But what he didn't say is a glaring omission: he declined to say what concrete steps he and Governor Romney would take to reduce the gun violence that kills 34 Americans every day.
And he's not alone in his silence: President Obama hasn't told us his plan to stop the violence either.
There's no excuse for this lack of leadership -- from Rep. Ryan and Governor Romney, or from President Obama and Vice President Biden. Not when 48,000 Americans will be killed by guns during the next president's term.
Check out the clip for yourself, then Demand A Plan to end gun violence from President Obama and Governor Romney.