The gun control issue has two sides; you’re either for it or against it. Politicians who should be representing what is the right thing to do whether it goes against the grain of the majority often fall short of doing that and only count votes they may lose toward their re-election.
The NRA is a good example of a group that likes to spend unlimited money to ‘protect’ the rights of Americans to bear arms no matter if they are a nut case, felon, whatever, as long as they can keep their membership.
The U.S. Senate voted down the proposed gun control legislation even after the two political parties reached a softened compromise which really did nothing to stop legal people from purchasing fire arms except taking a few more steps of scrutiny to purchase their weapons.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Justice, between 1998 and 2009, 1,613,963 people were denied gun purchases, that is only a turn-down rate of 1.7%.
In Delaware 5,000 felons and mentally disturbed people were turned down since 1994 according to a News Journal editorial. I can only imagine what might have happened if these 5,000 were ‘denied’ their Second Amendment rights?