The NRA met with VP Biden yesterday. According to them, the NRA,
... this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment," the group said in a written statement. "While claiming that no policy proposals would be 'prejudged,' this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners -- honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.
They went on to say that
It is unfortunate that this administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems. We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.
Quotes from this Fox News article: NRA rips Biden task force
Exactly. The people who commit crimes should be punished. NOT law abiding citizens.
See the guy in the picture of this post? That is Sen. Ted Kennedy. His car killed more people that all of my guns, my dad's guns, my uncles guns, and grandparents guns combined. Don't believe me, go read about Chappaquiddick. Combine this with the fact that in NYC--New York City--you are more likley to be killed by a car than a gun. It is clear we need to ban cars (except for licensed taxis of course) from the city.
Of course that is a stupid suggestion. Accidents happen. Where there are more cars and more people jammed into a small space, accidents will happen. People will still use cars as weapons. That is a risk that must be balanced with the needs of the many to get around.
In the same way, guns can't simply be banned. I don't think they should be restricted for law abiding sane citizens either. In this case though, the RIGHTS (not needs) of the public trump what small percent of bad is done. If anything, the federal government needs to stop stupid programs like fast and furious, start putting away people who break existing laws, and enforcing existing law (I can't find the link now; however, I read an article where Biden was talking about one of his recommendations being to start enforcing existing gun laws because he's been lax). I don't mind things like the NICS system since no records are kept of what is done: a simple yes or no is given and the transaction happens.
[Update 2013-01-17 08:07:49] I'm taking a short break from this topic.
Image from willwhitedc via flickr