What gun control advocates really want is for private gun ownership to be almost totally outlawed, with some thin remainder under extremely heavy regulation. They want the next generation of Americans to view the NRA the way our generation views the KKK. They want to rub gun ownership out of the national identity. They want to believe that the state has sole rights and responsibility in the sphere of defense. For people who are squeamish about self defense, having the legal right to arms taken from them will have the "benefit" of relieving them of a lingering feeling that they're irresponsible to fail to provide any reasonable defense for themselves, their families and society in general. This relief of anxiety for those who have an irrational fear of guns is in large part what they're after. They fear them in their own hands as well as those of their fellow private citizens and somehow manage to delude themselves that governments are a benevolent trustworthy kind of thing that naturally stand as the only legitimate posessor of arms.
Given our history, and especially in light of world history, this delusion is a bit hard for me to grasp. But they manage to believe it -- because they desperately want to, despite its patent irrationality and dangers. We really shouldn't allow their sick behavior to nullify the public's practical exercise of our fundamental human right to arms. Would you follow a deluded man into the path of an onrushing truck because he says it's a cotton candy cloud? Would you stand by and watch him run at it himself? This isn't really so different. There is no candy land on the other side of a total civilian disarmament campaign. There is only death, rape, ruin and the threat of totalitarianism -- there is only the truck.
We could easily set up universal background checks without this risk. All that we'd have to do is give the general public anonymous open access to the background check system and hold them legally liable for damages and criminal charges if they fail to use the system and a gun they sell winds up being used in a crime by the ineligible person they transfer to. Simple, effective, cheap, and easy to pass through the legislature. But Democrats are not going to propose a plan like that -- because they really don't care about striking a balance. They're always had their eyes on the kill -- a total gutting of the Second amendment, if not its outright repeal. Perhaps the NRA should propose a good open source universal background check system -- we really could use one anyway, and if we let the Democrats write that law, we're going to lose -- big time.