Common sense needed in gun control debate

But needed reforms are being held hostage by extremists:

During the UNC lock down, I kept thinking, “I don’t want to be another breaking news story.” Little did I know, but just hours before our lock down, multiple shootings had occurred across North Carolina, and in another four hours, carnage would commence in San Bernardino, California.

We do not have to live this way. We can demand that our government legislate and strengthen background checks for gun sales at gun shows and those between private parties. We can tell our legislators that schools and college campuses – our classrooms and our dorm rooms – are no place for privately owned firearms.

The problem is, any sort of restriction proposed on obtaining a firearm, no matter how sensible it may be, is viewed as a "slippery slope" by gun rights extremists. The basic flaws in their logic; that you can't trust your government but you *can* trust random citizens, should be sufficient evidence their contribution to public policy is questionable at best. But politicians are so afraid of the gun lobby, that they will be labeled "Not a friend of the 2nd Amendment," they are driven to not just do nothing, but erode the restrictions we already have in place. And the body count continues.