“Trump has called for “extreme vetting” of immigrants from Muslim-majority countries in response to terrorist incidents. But he has resisted any action on gun laws in response to the deadly mass shootings that have occurred during his time in office.”
See Trump dismisses question on extreme vetting for gun ownershipSome people feel “all or nothing” is the right approach to situations. Gun Control is not like that. While any particular measure at regulating acquisition and usage of firearms may or may not prevent some particular outrageous event, reasonable measures are sure to prevent some event. How many dead bodies have to pile up before the US Congress understands that?
Do seatbelts save lives? Are they an imposition on free will? Yes. Do the lives saved justify the measure of requiring seatbelts? YES! The same could apply to restrictions on kinds of firearms, magazine capactiy, licensing of people to own and use firearms, and prohibiting legal transfers of firearms in parking lots. USA does a lot of these things now at the state, local and federal level. They just have to do a bit more.
The Second Amendment to the US constitution does not guarantee the right to own machine-guns, or huge magazines or body-armour. That’s an extrapolation to the absurd. One needs to interpret a right befitting the era of muzzle-loading firearms in the modern era. A nut-case with a muzzle-loader could not rush in and slaughter dozens of people in a few minutes. Ordinary people could defend themselves or flee while the nut was reloading. The Second Amendment was about the right to own weapons that could be used to defend against a tyrant. The tyrant now is not the government (except for Trump) but criminals and murdering bastards. It only takes one shot to defend against those guys, not hundreds. The murdering bastard at Sutherland TX was stopped by a good guy with a rifle who shot him twice with well-aimed bullets. The good guy used an AR-15 but could have done the job with a Mauser 98 or even a muzzle-loader.
Even NRA members agree that more has to be done to prevent some or ameliorate some of the outrageous mass shootings. It’s time Congress got off its butt and did something about that with or without Trump’s approval.