Guns are nothing more than tools. By themselves they can perform NO action. They require HUMAN interaction to operate.
To prove this point here is an easy example...
Put the most powerful, deadly assault rifle in a room with 100 people, load it with a 100 round magazine, then without anyone touching it watch as it kills everyone in the room. It can't, it requires people to operate it. Rather than making guns the problem, let focus on the real issue at hand. People...
I do believe that everyone who has an opinion on this matter basically just wants to stop the horrific violence that has plagued our country recently. So here are some realistic, real world ideas that may actually help us.
1. Tighten gun control laws by mandating Federal guidelines. Too many guns are purchased legally for illegal purposes at gun shows, then transported over state lines. Make a federal minimum guideline that can actually prohibit this from happening.
2. Require all gun owners to go through a lesser form of the pistol license back round check to be able to possess any firearm at all, pistol, rifle or shotgun. Require all purchases to be processed through the local police station, same as you have to do with pistols right now in NY. This will at first be a very hard pill to swallow, but after the initial problems, maintaining it will be much, much easier.
3. Require all Mental Health professionals to report all dangerous situations regarding their patients to the local police. Immediately, all legally owned guns of all forms need to be removed from that household until the person in question no longer resides there. Too many disturbed children get the weapons used in these killings from their own household.
4. Make the penalty for crimes involving weapons so harsh that no one wants to use a gun in a crime. In NY there is a law that mandates 1 yr in jail should you be caught with an illegal gun. Criminals who use guns do so with premeditation, from purchasing the illegal gun, to carrying it, to using it in the crime. Tougher laws will give criminals a moment of pause on whether the crime is worth the punishment. As it stands now the punishment is laughed at by these people. The best proof is if you look up the percentage of repeat offenders.
Regardless of your position, we as people needs to find realistic ways to stop the violence without infringing on people rights and protecting the public. This is not a time for closed minded positions who don't argue there point but simply keep regurgitating it. Make your point, argue your position, defend it, BUT don't close your mind.