First off, the sandy hook massacre sparked outrage because little children were the victims of this. Instead of assessing what happened, we got carried away and blamed guns. What happened was that The mother neglected the security of her firearm, knowing that her son was mentally unstable (to the point where she has tried to have him put in a mental hospital). All of this could have been prevented if she had: A) Got rid of the firearm B) Properly secured the firearm with the correct equipment C) Used a firearm safe for the ammunition and firearm But, no. She neglected this issue and not only did she end up ultimately paying for it, but so the the lives of 22 others at an elementary school. So what is our conclusion? The mother was at fault, due to her neglect. Gun violence is an issue, but the overall statistic of crime has drastically come down. Another consequence of the fractioned crime rate (I said fractioned, because it was reduced by 2/3, or even more) was that gun violence became the majority of the crime rate. Our problem isn't guns. Our problem is us. Regulation such as mandatory licensing, yearly license renewals, mandatory documentation (when a gun is sold, bough, sold to someone else, when ammo is bought, when address changes, purchase of attachments, etc), and Laws that require you to report a missing/stolen firearm immediately, or face heavy consequences. Would help alot, but thats the best we can do. Laws can only do so much. People can only do so much more. Banning guns will carry the streisand effect. We have to take account many different factors. 1. There are tens of millions of guns in this country. How are you going to remove each one without violating anyone's constitutional rights and liberties? 2. Many American businesses will be put out of work 3. There will be a lucrative black market 4. Gun violence would rise, while crime rates would explode. 5. Illegal manufacturing without regulation could make weapons that are defective, and chances of someone getting hurt would skyrocket. (Where is that bullet going to go once the gun blows up? The user is allready injured, depending what the gun was made of) 6. You wouldn't be able to keep them out of public hands anyway. If we are miserably failing at the war on drugs, then what makes you think that the war on guns would do any better without the grim consequences? Use common sense, now. The real problem is us.