It is hard to believe the NRA or any other special interest group has so much control over our government! In this day and age, special interest groups should be only be allowed to peddle their ideas and philosophies directly to the American public, not to our government. If any particular group has something worthy, we the people can then elect representatives who can promote what we want. IMO, the right to bear arms as originally intended is long gone. We the people wouldn’t stand a chance against our military, no matter how well we thought we were armed. The bigger threat is any encumbrance on our right to freely communicate. After all, the internet is mightier than the sword.
The question is one of the greater good in terms of public safety, not whether someone can own any particular piece of hardware. After all, drunk drivers kill a lot of people. We have made progress with drunk drivers, and we can do it with the improper use of guns. An immediate ban of gun-show sales seems to me a no-brainer. Requiring every gun to be registered, just like cars, seems to be a no-brainer. Requiring some sort of personal responsibility, like insurance, seems to be a no-brainer.