Our greatest hope for action may be that it would be in Trump’s self-interest (whether he knows it, or not) to actually fix some of our problems.

At the risk of sounding clichéd, because his biggest backer was the NRA, Trump could also have a “Sister Souljah” moment. I know what Bill Clinton would do here, but Donald Trump has shown no inclination to move beyond his base—even if it meant pleasing the general public.

It won’t be easy. But (ironically) America has elected the guy who could possibly get it done—if he only cared to.

The sad truth is that I don’t expect anything to happen. This cynicism is a product of experience. The smart political analysis is to say that if Newtown couldn’t get people to take this serious, what will?