It has been over 239 years since King George III embraced control by fiat and learned after great blood shed and loss of treasure that “He must bear the unbearable.”
A few clear thinkers on this side of the pond had a different concept and it bore fruit. While the journey has not been pain free and grievous mistakes have been made along the way, there is a mechanism in place to right those wrongs. The process is not expeditious; it is thought provoking.
Our political ideologues as of yet are incapable of mass mind control which would permanently solve their gun control paranoia. Therefore, the bureaucratic discussion becomes how to frame an argument that outflanks the Second Amendment. While banning certain firearms proved insurmountable and their latest effort to restrict ammunition suffered defeat, one can expect future attempts.
Lincoln’s comment: “…you can’t fool all of the people all of the time” ought to give reason for pause. Our history suggests trifling with the Constitution —specifically the 2nd Amendment — for ideological purposes could produce a situation more costly to America than all previous conflicts combined. Thus, intelligent legislation addressing mental health is the answer to firearm safety.