Where do we stand?
The current round of gun violence is just a road too far. The progressive community needs to adopt a program of first identifying all guns and equipment with no valid hunting or defense purpose such as assault weapons, high capacity magazines, .50 cal rifles, etc.; second , requiring that these weapons be turned in for appropriate compensation and then destroyed. Furthermore, manufacture or importation of such weapons or equipment would be banned. Third, we need to require registration, training and securing.
Politically we need to not support any politician who does not endorse some measure of reasonable gun control. No current democratic candidates stand up for gun restrictions for fear of NRA. They are a paper tiger in any districts where a progressive candidate has a prayer of winning. If the constituents are “gun nuts” then they are probably also fervent right to life, 6000 year old earth types and we will never win anyway.
The final step is to blame the politicians when the violence happens. How many congressmen want to have their town halls and facebook pages covered with people calling them “baby killers?”