Unfortunately, mass shootings have become a common occurrence in the United States, with two more recently taking place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Even if we’re no longer shocked and surprised by such happenings, they still cause both fear and outrage, and every new shooting renews our efforts to demand change.

Yet change doesn’t seem to come. No matter how many shootings take place, our elected officials do virtually nothing, largely because we’re so divided in our opinions of what needs to be done. What, exactly, are our politicians supposed to do?