Forget about stopping crazy people from buying guns.
The gun nuts that control the Republican party, and the conservative wing of the Democratic party, didn't even want us restricting the gun rights of terrorists right after September 11. From the NYT, December 6, 2001:
The Justice Department has refused to let the F.B.I. check its records to determine whether any of the 1,200 people detained after the Sept. 11 attacks had bought guns, F.B.I. and Justice Department officials say.You think they're gonna care about crazy people if they're willing to defend Osama bin Laden's right to be arms right after he killed 3,000 people in NY and Pennsylvania?
The department made the decision in October after the F.B.I. asked to examine the records it maintains on background checks to see if any detainees had purchased guns in the United States.
Mindy Tucker, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department, said the request was rejected after several senior officials decided that the law creating the background check system did not permit the use of the records to investigate individuals.
Ms. Tucker did not elaborate on the decision, but it is in keeping with Attorney General John Ashcroft's strong support of gun rights and his longstanding opposition to the government's use of background check records. In 1998, as a senator from Missouri, Mr. Ashcroft voted for an amendment to the Brady gun-control law to destroy such records immediately after checking the background of a prospective gun buyer. That amendment was defeated.
Get a clue, America.