So does the idea of "strengthening background checks" cross the line for me? I'm not thrilled about it, and it's pretty pointless considering it won't solve a single problem that needs to be addressed. But being so pointless I find it more important for me to fight the things that have more serious consequences. I'm VERY concerned about being forced to register serial numbers. I'm VERY concerned about magazine limits and bans on specific models or features that have nothing to do with how dangerous a particular firearm is. I'm VERY concerned with what we can do to solve the cultural and societal issues in which gun crime are so deeply rooted. I would rather the government go after the criminals and enforce the laws we already have rather than arbitrarily writing legislation that does absolutely nothing but punish the good guys.
But I have to ask this as I wonder myself: If we know that the root of the problem lies in our culture, in our society, what other rights are we willing to infringe upon to solve those problems? For instance, I really do think the violence on TV and in movies and video games is a huge contributing factor but like it or not, the First Amendment protects the companies that produce such material. Are we willing to infringe upon their rights in order to protect our Second Amendment rights?
I really do think that both sides need to put the tape measures down and pull their pants up. I'm as pro-gun as the next guy and what's happening in Washington disgusts me but we're only going to make any kind of headway if both sides are willing to approach the problem with level heads and open minds. The issues are far more complex than simply stating and restating what the Second Amendment says and what it means and telling the left to take a walk.