President Obama was right to say that the Washington Navy Yard shootings “ought to be a shock to us all” and “ought to lead to some sort of transformation” [“Obama urges public to speak out on guns,” front page, Sept. 23]. But to say that “the change we need will not come from Washington” and hand over the responsibility for this change to the American people falls short of what his role demands. Those of us who support Mr. Obama in this fight need him to lead the way. The leaders who have most inspired us are the ones who have fought against seemingly insurmountable odds to change the status quo.

Leila Cabib, Potomac