I have no doubt that some additional legislation, such as background checks, will help stem the tide of this endless gun violence. But the real answer is in repealing existing legislation -- the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
Criminals (and the mentally disturbed) must be popping champagne corks everywhere knowing that they can now go almost anywhere with weapon in hand, mix with the crowd until the time is right and then use it either to rob or shoot somebody.
How can anyone who says they are pro-life also be pro-weapon? If the Republican Party truly believes life is sacred, then why do they insist on unrestricted assault weapons -- whose sole purpose is to kill -- rather than reasonable gun regulations?
This is a failure of both politics and policy. Democrats in Congress and in the White House have been unable to propose laws or legislate effectively in a way that will ameliorate income and wealth disparities and the corrosive effect they have on our system.
As a driver, I have no problem registering my car in each new state I move to, keeping my insurance up to date, having regular required inspections and submitting to a driver's test to get my driver's license.
If you live in a state that has common-sense laws for the issuance of a carry permit, consider that only 35 states require some type of training, certification or time at the firing range to carry a loaded, concealed weapon.