Proving one isn't a felon or a loon, isn't tantamount to surrendering our second amendment rights in my mind.
Haz-mat drivers, pilots, CCW holders, etc, etc under go governmental background checks everyday. Its done in the interest of safety.
I've tried, but I can't find an excuse for not making it as difficult as possible for felons and those adjudicated to be mentally ill from acquiring firearms. Background checks and coordinating mental health records with the database, is actually one of the few things that would really help.
Screaming my rights, in the face of something that would actually keep firearms out of the hands of criminals, isn't doing us any favors.
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."- Thomas Jefferson