Luckily, the demographics of gun ownership have changed dramatically in the last 40 years.
Heck, they've changed in the last 20 years. I remember when you had to join a club
if you wanted to shoot. Everybody had matching plaid vests. It was so adorable. Guns were tools for recreation and hunting.
That was the culture, and many of them saw no loss in the AWB. At least not until they decided to buy a pistol and realized they were limited to 10-round magazines. Then they'd gripe at me
for not having done enough to stop it. Yeesh.
Today's gun owners are different. Most are very cognizant of the idea behind the 2nd Amendment. For them, guns can
be tools for recreation and hunting, but they're also important tools for self-defense. While most might not be opposed to things like background checks, they are vehemently opposed to bans.
Today's gun owner is more likely to take offense to further restrictions, and is more vocal. Hopefully, some percentage of that will translate to action.