And we're back to the jamb. Gun owners, in general, do not "control" the NRA. The US government has no authority or ability to outsource the functions of government in the manner you propose. The NRA is not a trustworthy repository of data, or even a capable one on that scale. And so forth. On either side. Starting - in many cases - with people finding themselves assigned to some "gun lobby" of bad character and rhetoric. Hence the jamb. In Minnesota the current Democratic Party nominees for Franken's Senate seat and the Governorship are apparently steering that way again. This is recorded history - the original motive was to take advantage of racism and switch (white) or suppress (black, brown) the Democratic Party vote, thereby gaining political power for the Republican Party. Nixon's on tape saying this, Atwater et al are on record, Reagan's code (welfare queens, young bucks committing crimes) was transparent. The Dems, always eager to slap "bipartisan" on the latest bad idea, hopped on. The private prisons etc came along later.