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Now in order to get the gun lobby to support this position, a deal probably needed to be made. I've notice that a lot of the pro-firearms noise on line has been in the form of pointing out that massacres do not require firearms. I would not be the least bit surprised to see the next attack take a gun-free form (think some loon with a bomb, poison gas or some other such method).
Every time they take away real freedom, they will pretend to threaten the right to bear arms. Every checkpoint they erect will be accompanied by a "failed" attempt to curtail access to weapons. You can have all the guns you want because they will never take any single action that would reasonably warrant their use.
They have been making an elaborate show of threatening the right to bear arms.