"Conservatives who demonstrate on behalf of the Second Amendment see themselves as successors to the Founding Fathers and the original Minutemen..."
If it wasn't for these people pushing back against the prog-libs, then so-called conservative pols would roll over on this issue and the prog-libs would achieve their goal: the total elimination of private firearms ownership.
Don't forget, it was the media followed by prog-lib pols (as if there's a distinction between the two) who first seized on tragedy to further their agenda and not 2nd Amendment proponents or gun owners.
The prog-libs re-started this fight. The waist of time and energy on the issue vice on "more important ones" was the prog-libs choice; it shows their priorities.