How do we respect the civil liberties of those citizens who have exhibited mental illness but whose violent tendencies aren't detected by the current instant firearms check system?
How do we reach an understanding that additional laws restricting firearms won't affect the illegal use of firearms? The central understanding of this point is that no criminals who have caused such havoc and heartache across the nation have cared a whit about laws and regulations. Why should we believe additional laws will make a difference?
Addressing what's been called the "gun-show loophole." The case that instant-check compliance should apply no matter where a gun is purchased, whether at a gun show or at a sporting-goods counter, has some traction with law-abiding gun owners. But part of the discussion has to be about making the instant-check system catch the people who would do harm with guns.
Some evidence that you appreciate the culture, heritage, and contributions of gun-owners to the fabric of America. This is a critical point. The nation's shooters and hunters are looking for some understanding that you respect us, and the reasons why we feel so passionately about our firearms. You will certainly get a feeling for that at SHOT, which is attended by the most influential and articulate gun owners in America. That recognition alone will almost certainly win you a favorable reception among gun owners, and may create a climate of dialog and solution.