Conventional wisdom is that the United States can never solve its problem of gun violence. But it was conventional wisdom that we'd never end slavery, allow women to vote, enact civil rights laws, reduce pollution, prohibit smoking in public, elect a Catholic or black President, or allow gay people to marry. Fundamental change often takes generations. We must do our part to advance the discussion. Just because we can't solve the problem now doesn't mean we won't eventually. President Obama often quotes Dr. King, who said that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice."
President Obama won reelection with 62% of the votes in the Electoral College. He won 26 states and the District of Columbia, representing 64% of the population. He won the popular vote by more than 4 million votes. He won more popular votes than any Democratic candidate in history (other than Obama in 2008). That's a decisive victory. So if anyone tells you the election was "close," they're ignoring the facts.
The Washington Monthly is an excellent, small magazine. I've been a subscriber for more than 30 years. In 2008, my wife and I had the pleasure of lunch with Charles Peters, the founder of the magazine, who worked for President Kennedy. Paul Glastris, who is now the editor in chief, had an excellent article on what President Obama has accomplished. The Incomplete Greatness of Barack Obama. The subtitled sums it up: "He’s gotten more done in three years than any president in decades. Too bad the American public still thinks he hasn’t accomplished anything." Glastris also had a sidebar listing President Obama’s Top 50 Accomplishments. Both are well worth reading.