With all the threads promoting or criticising the NRA,GOA and JFPO, I thought I would point something out, watching from the outside as I do. There has been a lot of talk about "improving" the NICS system. The idea being to keep guns out of the hands of felon, wife beaters, and the mentally ill. Lofty goals, but unrealistic, The ill conceived NICS instant check may stop a few individuals that are targeted, but will do nothing about someone intent on killing. It does stop many from buying guns due to false information. It will stop those who do not want their privacy invaded. There are many who abuse the Lautenberg Amendment, in divorce cases or out of spite, and have a restraining order placed on an innocent party. The inconvenient truth is that it does nothing to stop a legal firearm owner from killing. The truth is , a lot of killings are by legal, otherwise lawful owners. There is no way of knowing when anyone is just going to go "off". The NICS system does nothing to stop crime, Yet spending millions to improve it is somehow going to help? How will it help when someone who is Normal, with no record just snaps? *How many police officers are involved in a Murder/Suicide?* A google search will bring up pages. There are many cases where the shooter was, up to that point, a law abiding Citizen. One with no criminal record or mental health issues. The right to self defense belongs to every Citizen. The responsibility for personal safety, also belongs to the Citizen. No government has the right to deny this to anyone. The 2nd amendment can not be compromised. *I am not cop bashing, I was surprised to find that it is so common. It is an example of the Law Abiding, being human.