The issue of guns and gun violence in the United States is one of the most complicated and difficult in our society today.

There are good and thoughtful people on both sides of the issue working very hard.

And there are people using the issue for personal or political gain who make the work of others even more difficult.

But it seems to us that no matter where you stand on the question of adult gun ownership, responsibility and gun control, the number of kids dying in shooting incidents demands a different kind of response.

A new analysis this week by the Associated Press and USA Today finds that on average one child, age 17 or younger, dies every other day in a gun accident. The highest numbers are for kids under five, in their homes with legally-owned handguns.

It is absolutely unconscionable that the National Rifle Association and gun rights supporters are not addressing this problem.