I hate the fucking NRA. They are so full of shit with their "Law Abiding Gun Owner" and "If guns were outlawed, only outlaws..." bullshit.
The fact remains that ALL guns, except fictional "zip" guns manufactured by enterprising yet fictional criminals begin their life as a "legal" gun. It is often the case that the very first crime a gun is associated with is its second sale, by the dealer that purchased it from a wholesaler or manufacturer due to the failure, intentional or otherwise, of the dealer to explicitly follow the law when reselling.
Further, many "legal" guns are so carelessly managed by their "legal" owners as to be rendered illegal (in those lucky places where they've passed legislation), simply because the dipshit can't keep it secure.
And even further, the NRA itself fights any and all attempts at confiscating guns from people who cross the line from "law abiding" to whatever is on the other side. I've not even bothered to look at the details of the latest Wisconsin shooting to determine if this latest shooter had any criminal background that should have precluded his ability to legally possess firearms, but I read he had an "order of protection" issued against him. In my view no order of protection should issue without a concurrent warrant to seize weapons and instantly place the recipient into the national database to prevent ANY future gun purchase. Even long weapons.
But it doesn't matter; truly. Whatever the facts, the NRA will fight whatever common sense suggestions arise from the investigation into this latest senseless, and needless, MANUFACTURED "tragedy". I think it was Eliot Spitzer that wrote something along the lines of "we need to stop calling these 'tragedies" and call them what they are: predictable.". He's right.
I'm sick of the refrain that "guns don't kill people". We'll, I suspect there are a few more families on the opposite side of that argument today. I'm also sick of the ridiculous notion that "people will kill whether or not they have guns". Well, duh, but it won't be nearly as tidy, quick, easy, cowardly, or efficient. They've got to be really committed. And, yes, there are instances of multiple people being killed by knifes or swords or what have you. But, they're considerably more rare, and I think most people would prefer those odds.
The NRA is America's warlord and it purposely enables a bloodthirsty culture. Just look at the gun fetishists that pollute the Internet whenever a situation like this arises, one that clearly calls out for some action. They'll be all over the comment section of this article soon, with all the trite and false equivalences regarding knives, bricks, cudgels, ropes, and, oh yeah, cars. And alcohol and nuclear weapons, and all manner of other bullshit arguments designed to say one thing. We want our guns. I swear, it's almost sexual.
We'll soon also be visited by Internet Constitutional scholars who will lecture us on originalism and then abandon that definition when defending assault rifles and high capacity magazines.
I fervently believe that most of these fetishists are actually envious of the shooter in Wisconsin and spree shooters everywhere. Just read their posturing drivel, each secretly praying for the chance to be a hero, either in some ginned-up fantasy uprising against tyranny or as the lone savior against some other masturbating gun worshiper that finally loses his battle to control himself.
Yes, they cling to their guns because they secretly can't wait to use them on another human being. Preferably ones that would even up some other socioeconomic, racial, or ideological score. But, in the end, it's simply about the killing. They can't wait.