It's not a quip, it's a legitimate point. I don't think you are talking in bad faith. I'm just pointing out that the conservative reaction to gun control is the same as liberal ones to abortion restrictions or opposition to gay marriage: vehement refusal to cede any point relating to it. The best arguments people have made are in favor of mental health reform. People aren't coming together on other things, because the typical liberal positions (background checks, bans on scaring-looking rifles, and bans on magazine sizes) do nothing to prevent nutjobs from acquiring weapons. That's the thing, though - what do we do? That's a conversation. It's a conversation that results in the same proposed solutions and nothing being done. Until both sides have reason to respect each other nothing will be done.
What is the 'middle ground'? You won't find liberals having a conversation and coming together on a 'middle ground' on things they consider constitutional rights, like abortion or gay marriage. Why is it surprising the other side does it as well?
45 people were shot in Chicago this weekend. Why did Obama not call a conference on that? You didn't answer my question. How will your law stop gun crime, if it doesn't stop criminals? So I assume if a Republican congress passed a law banning all speech critical of Republicans, you would follow it? If not, by your logic, you only follow that suit you and thus you are a criminal. It was not a similar act. Did they have to deal with 100 million people, and do we face imminent Indian attacks or rebellions? Lots of criminals illegally carrying illegal guns.