You are right. There are extremists on both sides, but they will not prevail.
The middle ground will.
As the "middle ground" has a track record of moving in in the direction of more gun control, if we keep moving to the "middle ground", then we will keep moving to more and more gun control. I will not. Do your darnedest, but applying for a Carry Permit was the LAST compromise I will make in this area.