A post at Daily Kos may open some eyes:
The only way we can truly be safe and prevent further gun violence is to ban civilian ownership of all guns. That means everything. No pistols, no revolvers, no semiautomatic or automatic rifles. No bolt action. No breaking actions or falling blocks. Nothing...
So registration is the first step. Now that the vast majority are registered, we can do what we will. One good first step would be to close the registry to new registrations. This would, in effect, prevent new guns from being made or imported. This would put the murder machine corporations out of business for good, and cut the money supply to the NRA/GOA. As money dries up, the political capital needed for new controls will be greatly reduced.The post dates from December, when progressive Democrats thought the emotional wave from Newtown could be exploited far and wide. But the emotion of December has cooled. For now, on the national scene, many Democrats have seemingly retreated from their initial overreach.
Their big push right now appears to be to establish gun banning beachheads in progressive states like New York, Missouri, Minnesota and California.
They may not be as open as they were in December, but those who want to ban guns have not forsaken their long term aspirations. They've likely just retreated to a more stealthy strategy.
But perhaps December's overreach was a good thing. Because of it, we have a written record regarding the end-game they seek.