Well put. It is true that a lot of gun owners, especially responsible ones, have a knee-jerk reaction to ANY talk of gun control, which is “You’re not taking my guns away.” I think it’s safe to say that many people, including yourself, are responsible users of guns, and I have no desire to remove them from your possession, and I think a lot of others feel the same way. On the other hand, can we agree that some people should not be allowed access to weapons? The problem, of course, is how to allow safe and sane gun ownership while protecting our constitutional right to “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”.
Again, the polarization of our society means that people are so busy shouting that no one hears.
I would hope that the NRA is willing to join the discussion, as their members’ input (and their willingness to be a partner in the final decisions) will have great value.
Maybe we can stop pointing fingers and calling names and act like adults.