The failure of the Senate to pass even gun control measures that had overwhelming public support signals that the clout of the gun lobby is powerful enough to block reform on Capitol Hill.
Gun control seen through the eyes of the misunderstood majority of gun owners is more nuanced and complex than the absolutism of America's big gun lobbies. The Obama administration is courting this breed of centrist, gun-friendly Americans on the fence about gun control.
Gun control is a subject brought to everyone's attention by the Arizona shootings last weekend. But gun control is not a topic high on the agenda of many in Congress.
The Supreme Court's next Second Amendment cases may decide which state and local gun-control laws can stand.
Intra-party squabbling among conservatives – especially with Tea Partiers thrown into the mix – is not good news for the GOP. They're beginning to act like Democrats.