The way Dylann Roof effortlessly got his hands on a gun – due to a three-day window loophole, within which a disqualifying arrest wasn’t discovered – is mind-bendingly absurd.
While I do think police have gotten a little too Seal Team 6 in their self-image, they are only responsible for a fraction of the shockingly vast number of Americans killed by gunfire.
Lax gun laws in southern states are the gaping loopholes in rational northeast gun laws. Pretty much all of the criminal gun cases in the tri-state area involve weapons purchased legally (and easily) with no background checks from pawn shops in Georgia, the Carolina’s and Virginia. They are then shipped up I-95 in car trunks to be sold cheaply to people who use them to rob banks, shoot each other and make life generally very dangerous for our police.