Wow, what a refreshing perspective. One of the things I suggested, shortly after the Newtown shooting, was that this was a time for responsible gun owners like yourself to be involved in common sense regulation. I said that it's the sportsmen, the collectors, and the enthusiasts to stand up, agree on reasonable restrictions everyone can live with, and advocate for those rather than let the anti-gun masses make unreasonable demands.As a conservative, I actually see the point...from both sides.
The Second Amendment says "the right to keep and bear arms". It is a given right to all law abiding citizens of the United States of America to do so. The Federal Government can’t restrict/take this right from those that lawfully want to "bear arms". Once you start to take these rights away, little by little, it is a slippery slope that could lead to even further restrictions in the future. Taking knee-jerk reactions to jump into changes for the sake of changes can be very dangerous. One of the reasons this was written into the Constitution was for it to be a way to keep government in check.
Now, the Federal Government is looking to limit that right based on how our society/citizens are using/abusing it. What I mean is, we have shown as a society that maybe we can’t handle this right at its face value, as it was written in the Constitution. Too many people are misusing their weapons at the expense of other people/victims. We are some 226 years from the signing of the constitution; which was written in a time of muskets, long rifles, and inaccurate hand guns that you needed to be within 20 feet of the target to even have a chance of hitting it.
There are plenty of laws/regulations already in place that are not enforced. Why not start from there? Those that are outraged by the possibility of more limits being put in place should focus on working with the Federal Government to find some common ground and start from there. As a member of the NRA, I can honestly say I don’t agree with how they have approached this.
On the other hand, I think the Federal Government should be more open to listening to gun rights advocates instead of poking them in the eye all the time and saying things like,“you have blood on your hands if…”. If someone continued to poke me in the eye, I would poke back…and it may not always be in a good way.
Just my opinion...
The problem is course is that would never happen - the sportsmen, collectors, enthusiasts and NRA want an all-or-none approach, beating the same old "blame the media" drum while condemning any sort of common sense regulation as liberal gun snatching and constitutional desecration.
YOU are the voice of reason in all this - we know how the left feels, they want more regulation, lots more. We know the NRA was ZERO regulation. But when regulation is inevitable, doesn't it make sense for those with a stake in this to stand up for reasonable legislation to avoid the whole slippery slope?