This was most definitely not what I had in mind when I said “At some point, we gunnies are going to have to come up with some workable ideas to help reduce the number of these acts.” This is nothing more than acting like the old NRA that we know and detest. And an extra swat on the behind for bringing up national reciprocity in the same press release. If it’s poor form for the gun grabbers, it’s poor form for you. Bad NRA/NRA-ILA, no contributions for a while.
My state’s bulldog organization, however, probably isn’t taking the right track either. Of course, this is just my opinion, YMMV.
I still don’t have a fully fleshed-out proposal to offer that I think would actually help. If we’re going to be stuck with the NICS system, I’d like to see it ran well, with all states supplying all the necessary information on a timely basis. I’d also like to see it available to all classes of FFL, and if we could figure out a workable way, to everyone, so that face-to-face sales could be checked. I’d also want to know that the use records really, really are provably destroyed at the end of the allowable retention limits. That would at least give everyone a way to ensure they aren’t selling to a prohibited person and would shut up all the crap about the alleged gun show loophole.
I suspect I’ll see world peace before I see that. Besides, from all available information, it wouldn’t have prevented the Las Vegas shooter from holding his little death party.
It’s unfortunately quite likely there is nothing we can do, and that the possibility of these attacks are simply part and parcel of living in a relatively free and open society. I would wish it wasn’t so, but you can’t wish away reality.