Bob: "Get back the Clinton assault weapons ban which NRA sunsetted to 10 years and also raise age of buying military assault weapons like AK-47 and AR-15 to 21 and limit magazine capacity, and you've stopped at least 95% of the mass killings of 10 or more which NRA SHOULD like because would stop all the biggest headlines and media coverage, as we've said in opeds, but NRA too obstinate to accept that. (2 parts, 20 mins). That IS where House going in Judiciary markup just completed but Senate hopeless, too filibustered and disproportionate rural/gun power in their equal-powered 2-vote states."
Bob continues: "In my mind any murderer IS mentally ill (the go-to deflection) but justice and preventive laws like reasoned gun control still have to be in place and enforced. The 5-4 Supreme Court Heller ruling a while ago (2008) was a function of partisan pro-gun appointments but some NRA advocates (tho even many NRA members support controls) use it. People forget the Constitutional modifier phrase, 'forming a militia.' Doesn't include 'teen on his 18th BD to buy a weapon to mass murder' (both Uvalde and Buffalo killers were 18). The ruling was that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to possess firearms independent of service in a state militia and to use firearms for traditionally lawful purposes, including self-defense within the home. No good reason that it got expanded beyond the 'militia.'
"In any case, the midterms may be the motivator for getting something done this time in House and Senate"