Excuse me if you heard this before: “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Well, Deputy Daniel McCartney was a (trained) good guy with a gun. The bad guy shot him. I don’t want to sound unsympathetic, (I truly empathize with his widow and three fatherless sons, but my prayers for his survivors. and other shooting victims and their survivors don’t seem carry much weight), but when is it not “too soon.”
When do we stop protecting bad guys wanting and getting guns? The NRA had a purpose 80 years ago, but now it is just part of a political apparatus to keep some voters in line with an appealing sounding defense of (an amendment to) the Constitution purporting to defend their rights in a limited interest, while letting the rest of us become less safe.
What is wrong with background checks and registration? We want to know a person is a citizen and registered to vote to control the direction of the country, but any no-account can control an immediate situation with a gun. I know “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns,” but unless this gun was stolen, some “responsible” gun owner and seller dropped the ball.