It’s not that I believe that more laws are going to solve the problem. First, the quantity of laws is irrelevant. I suspect you could create 1 new law and drop 5 older laws, but that’s not really the issue here.
Honestly, I’ve been saying for a very long time that firearm ownership is such a decisive issue that laws aren’t the answer, despite the things I’ve said above. I don’t think that changing background check laws will really substantially change very much. The problem isn’t the system of laws, it’s the culture, on both sides.
We live in a culture that get’s 99% of what it thinks it knows from watching TV. Anyone that shoots a firearm has to chuckle when someone dives behind a couch to shield themselves from gunfire, or when someone fires a .45 in an enclosed space and doesn’t immediately bend over in agony as if their ears were bleeding from the sound…
I trained to be a cop for 2 years and I can’t tell you how much it irritates me when someone watches a video of a person who is actively trying to kill others is shot and killed and they ask, why didn’t the cop shoot him in the leg?
The point I’m making and I’ve made to many a liberal, is that they need to stop trying to solve this problem via law. Laws are too often abused, by both sides as a way that one group forces another to do what they want. Now it’s usually not a big deal unless the groups are diametrically opposed. People are very passionate about their right to own a firearm. In this case I would like to see gun owners as a group do more to police themselves, to change their own culture. This is why the 1950’s and 60’s was different than today. The problem is that when moderates on both sides come to talk about the issue, the radicals are standing behind them screaming so loud a conversation can’t take place. Then people like you brand people like me as “radical liberals” rather than recognizing that I’m a moderate. I mean, whatever…I don’t care. It changes nothing for me, but that is the reality.
The farther one side moves from the perceived middle, the farther the other side will move to counter it. In the end, if we can’t learn to agree on some common sense stuff were going to end up with absolutely no restrictions, whatsoever or were going to end up with complete and total bans. It depends on who wins the culture war, because that’s what it is.
Most people would like to see some common sense applied and meet somewhere in the middle.