I have been thinking about a new strategy that we (the Second Amendment loving) might employ in these threatening times: each time the Left demands "movement" on some anti-gun proposal, we should, in the spirit of give and take, demand something that we want, which may prove to be unpalatable to the gun grabbers.
As an example, given the current resurgence of the universal background check idea, we would insist that, in this age of instant information transfer, there is no reason why NICS checks have to be accomplished by license holders. If I could buy a gun for my daughter's birthday and perform the check free of charge from my home computer, my objection to universality would be greatly diminished; on the contrary, being able to perform the check every time I transferred a gun to a private party would go a long way toward limiting liability down the road. Would the Left be willing to swallow this in exchange for eliminating the "gun show loophole"? Who knows, but at least we'd have blunted their accusations of intransigence by proposing a tit-for-tat.
I realize that about a dozen of you will instantly counter with reasons why this wouldn't work...that's not the point. This specific example, of course, is only to illustrate the larger idea of insisting on something in return every time the Left demands a concession.