The NRA propaganda has really screwed up our priorities in this country, and I think a lot of politicians have bought into the idea that the gun lobby is just too powerful to win against. But I think recent stories, like the Trayvon Martin shooting (Stand your Ground Laws), ironically, the Fast and Furious issue (which highlighted the lack of restrictions and enforcement tools that would assist law professionals) and this mass shooting, should clearly demonstrate that the time for a common sense approach to gun laws is long overdue.
Sadly, because the tin foil hat and black helicopter crowd are insistent upon calling Obama a gun-grabber, when he’s been nothing of the sort, I think it’s unlikely he’ll take that stand, politically. But he’s far from alone in the category of “Democrats who lack political will, re: guns”. It strikes me as terrifying and absurd that this has never come up under “Homeland security”: what if foreign terrorists stopped stuffing their shorts with C-4 and picked up on what our drug-smugglers, homegrown terrorists, and psychotics already know?
(And yet, we already know the wingnut answer—“But, but—WOLVERINES!” We aren’t dealing with rational folk. In their world, good guys are always the better shot.)