Extra back ground checks will increase the difficulty of acquiring guns for unfit individuals. Now some may say that they'll just go to the black market, but thats the whole point of this, to get a gun, unfit individuals would have to purchase an illegal gun (more expensive), work with a blackmarket gun dealer (illegal), and if their caught with it, they will be arrested and charged.
It's better than doing absolutely nothing.
Prohibit the general populace from owning the more lethal firearms; assault rifles and get rid of the gun show loophole.
Of course we need more background checks and mental health evaluations. I do not agree with any bans on weapons or magazines though.
We need encouragement for everyone to be armed.
If a criminal wants to kill someone, they will find a way to kill that person. There will always be guns, and there will always be criminals. Criminals and terrorists can obtain guns and other weapons through illegal means, sometimes through the very government that outlawed them! There are only two solutions to this problem. First, we could eradicate guns from the Earth, discard all blueprints and mentions of firearms and wipe everyone's brain of any idea of a gun. Second, we could give law-abiding citizens (the only kind that would follow new gun control legislation) a fighting chance by arming them (or at least allowing them to be armed) as well as educating children about gun safety and how to use (and how not to use) firearms. Instead of using liberal dogmas like "stay away from guns" which will result in the next generation having no idea how to defend themselves against criminals, we could use common sense and teach them the power of a pistol and how to defend yourself (since reality dictates that nearly everyone will have to at some point).
The issue with recent shootings is not guns. What the media and so called experts seem to ignore is that most often these shooters have a mental health issues. It seems easier and cheaper to regulate guns rather than to expand metal health services, especially in schools. Cut budgets, cut budgets. Let’ solve problems by banning an object rather than giving people the treatment they need.
These shootings keep happening because of an unstable mental health system, the degradation of family values, and not enough funding for new federal agents. Plus, there is a great need for people in the NSA for cyber security and surveillance. Lastly, the new restrictions put on the FBI and the NSA don't help matters.
No matter what you do people will always find a way to gain and misuse guns. So people should have guns to protect themselves. Stricter gun control might prevent some people from obtaining guns to protect themselves.
I'd considering being for background checks, but there's a big problem with it. If you've smoked pot in a state where pot is illegal, you can't pass a background check. That's wrong and it needs to be fixed before background checks can be considered.