One thing is for sure, given the latest killing spree involving guns, the NRA won a long time ago. If slaughtering a bunch of cute little first graders does not generate enough national outrage to scare the NRA-paid-in-pocket craven politicians, then nothing will generate effective gun laws. Remember that, gun bronies. You enjoy the right to keep and bear arms, and dress up and play Army, and plink at cans and bottles, and pretend that someday you might get to play cop... all that right costs you is the occasional mass slaughter of cute little children.
The NRA, which for the most part represents gun manufacturers rather than gun owners, has managed to so water-down the laws and and hobble the agencies that are supposed to control firearms, so much so that no new REAL gun safety legislation has not been passed since the Great Depression. (And for those of you who say gun control laws don't work, remind me of the last time someone used a Class 3 destructive device in a killing spree).
Gun manufacturers understand that a gun purchase is an infrequent one, and therefore have more or less adopted the same marketing strategy that toy manufacturers use.
An armed society is a polite society? Why then, the south side of Chicago, where practically everyone is armed, where you can find guns littering the place, must be one of the safest, and most polite places on the face of the Earth! And what do gun bronies say about this? Well, thugs aren't supposed to have guns! Sounds kind of racist doesn't it? I mean these armed citizens only become thugs once they shoot someone, and before that they are good guys with guns, right? Why doesn't anyone stand up for their 2nd Amendment rights? Could it be because they aren't white?
Me personally? I'd say I can't really buy into the argument of self-defense. I mean, if you are wearing a holstered gun to church, you are going to the wrong church. If you are wearing a gun to the store, you are just going through an infantile Batman vigilante fantasy. And I got news for you, you ain't no Batman. But if we go with the idea of preparation, of self-defense, then I can justify owning perhaps four guns. And that by decreasing range, rifle... maybe semi-auto, shotgun, revolver. Long gun for distance, shotgun for intermediate, revolver for up close and personal.
Anything beyond that is Gun Barbie Accessorizing.
You don't think it's all just boys and their toys? Take a look at the bozos in the Open Carry Texas videos, all dressed up in their costumes and with body armor and playing Army and everything. Gun bronies issuing Barbie doll fashion statements.