Mike, I was encouraged by your statement questioning if current guns laws were adequate. Obviously they are not. One must consider that “wackos” were not born; but rather, unfortunately, emerge over time. As a result they may apply for and be granted gun ownership on their best day, before their problem manifests itself or becomes an issue that affects the lives of others. In this scenario no amount of government legislation can offer assurance that guns won’t fall into the wrong hands. Then there is the Newtown incident where a mother introduced gun possession and use to her child. Was she aware of the problems building in his personal make-up that would result in this mass killing spree? Should she have done something to prevent access, etc, etc. There are, of course, enough questions and possible variations on the theme to muddle the best of us.
The solution is so simple and obvious. No one outside the police and armed forces need weapons of this volume and force. No teacher should go armed to a class room. What happens when some “wacko” student decides he didn’t like his grade and decides to take her/his gun to even some score. Only a reduction in the number and availability of guns will solve this problem nation wide. People don’t need assault rifles for hunting purposes, and the person who will claim he does may well be your favorite “wacko”. I do not support a total gun ban, due mainly to the fact it can’t be accomplished. I can see absolutely no justification for assault rifle ownership and their continuing proliferation will only lead to more and greater problems like those you listed in your musings.
Let’s all do the right thing for our personal safety and get behind logical gun control in the case of assault weapons. We need to get them out of the hands of even the most safe and level headed owners before they fall into the hands of one of your “wackos”. As to your argument about criminals getting guns; I believe they will make the effort to illegally own weapons because they are “criminals”, but hopefully, better regulation will reduce availability to the criminal element as well.