Gun violence ruined this holiday season for the families of thousands of victims over the years. Efforts continue to spare other families similar heartache.

In a letter last Tuesday, Attorney General Maura Healey warned the state's 350 licensed gun dealers that they must follow the state's strict gun laws, adding her office will conduct spot inspections. Her office is evidently in the process of investigating potential violators.

Noting in her letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Boston Globe, that 100,000 Americans have been killed by guns since the Newtown, Connecticut school massacre of three years ago, Ms. Healey referred to this savagery as a "public health crisis." State law enforcement officials, who have to deal with this crisis up close, endorsed the warning sent to gun dealers.

On Christmas Day, several National Basketball Association players, accompanied by gun violence survivors and family members of people killed by guns, spoke out against gun violence in public service announcements shown during nationally televised games. Movie director and NBA fan Spike Lee, a member of the creative council of Everytown For Gun Safety, brought Everytown and the NBA together for the powerful ads, which will continue.

Americans can't wait for a craven Congress to do something about this public health crisis. Much can be done at other levels of government, and pro athletes have a powerful cultural impact that can actually be used beneficially. "We can do something about this and that's the point," said Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah. "If we can then we should." So should we all.