It seemed like such a good idea in 1776: a republic in which the citizens elect Congress, the Congress hears the will of the people, and laws are passed to express the will of the majority. By 2013, there had been some alterations in that sequence. The citizens still elect; but now the NRA, the firearms industry and their allies decide what laws are needed, and the lobbyists then bribe or bully the Congress into doing their will.
Seems to work smoothly and efficiently without cluttering up the process with the will of the people.
Richard C. Massey