Let's consider the people who want to have this conversation with us.
Dianne Feinstein, on the original Ban: "If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them . . . Mr. and Mrs. America, turn 'em all in, I would have done it."
Charles Schumer, on the same: "Clearly, this is just a start."
Aside from both having held concealed-carry permits in areas that others cannot, they have it in common that they both spoke of a desire for total bans on firearms in the early 1990's. They made it clear that they wanted all guns banned. Full stop.
It would be a mistake to assume that their positions have changed. They're not looking for negotiation or compromise; they're looking to get their foot in the door so they can throw it wide later.
We don't owe them the dignity of a negotiation. In a way, this is the last stand for a very beleaguered gun-control lobby. They couldn't get anything passed when they had near total control of two branches of government. The Newtown shooting gives them an impetus and mindshare they haven't had in nearly 20 years.
If this doesn't do it for them, they're toast. Expect them to fight hard.
In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.