"He wondered if instead of talking first about regulating gun sales (to him a bit of a lost cause) we might first focus on fostering a public movement around gun safety. Tax breaks for buying gun safes or incentives for storing them at shooting ranges."
My friend ErikO, who has posted some responses here in this thread, tried to have that conversation over at DailyKos. It didn't go well. But it was a nice object lesson in exactly how unconcerned with safety a disturbingly large segment of the "common sense gun control" crowd is when the alternative to safety is sticking it to firearms owners.
"Seeing gun-owners as evil or trigger-happy is not productive."
Unfortunately this is what drives most of the narrative on the pro-gun-control side. Like Marlene said, this is the Left's anti-choice movement and it is every bit as vicious, self-righteous and willfully ignorant as its counterpart on the Right.