Republicans have favoured harsher punishment for those breaking gun laws — its’ the Dems who are against it, knowing that it would result in primarily more African Americans in jail. Which is sad for many reasons, both political, and factual, i.e. African Americans are vastly and disproportionatley likely to use illegal weapons.
Paradoxically, legal bun owners are not a violent or criminally inclined bunch. They don’t commit many crimes. But the widespread availability of guns makes it easier for nefarious types to do bad things.