I'm neither a psychologist or a trained 'social engineer', and I don't know where this whole gun control push is going to end, BUT I do know that V.P. Biden's casual comment that the Administration hasn't ruled out acting on their own, could be really, really bad.
"The president is going to act," Biden said to reporters before the meeting. "There are executive orders, there's executive action that can be taken. We haven't decided what that is yet.”
We don't know where things are going, and I am not sure whether the NRA's involvement will be good or bad, but I do know any kind of Executive Order effecting firearm/ammunition access would be bad.
Look....I know that any type of political action effecting the 2nd ammendment would be bad....but there is bad, and there is BAD. A renewal of the 1994 AWB would be bad, and I have contacted my legislators and asked them to not support it, but it wouldn't be BAD.
Now, bringing back the AWB through Executive action, or expanding on it the 94 AWB through legislative action(one plan called for grandfathering exisiting guns, but then requiring they be registered) would be BAD.
The difference between bad and BAD? Anticipated violence. I don't want to see the AWB brought back...but I lived through it once. Yeah, it will suck paying more for existing uppers with flash suppresors and 30-round magazines, but BTDT.
However....going much beyond the AWB, or make some kind of Executive Order, and folks are going to react. Going that direction is too much like the plot set-up of some books I've read....and I'm not the only one who has read those books.
Now, to be clear, I'm not advocating violence...I'm just saying that I DO believe that there are many people out there who believe the original intent of the 2nd Ammendment was to protect the people from a tyranical government, and that passing anything more restrictive than the 94 AWB would be the first step of that tyranny. Not all of the people believing that are crazy, either. It's just that everyone has their line...
I'm married with a wife and kids, and a pretty secure job. My line is probably at a different place than it used to be, and it's probably not tied to an AWB...but I hope someone is trying to make the Government believe that unlike 1994, this time, there might be lines drawn in some peoples minds over this issue.