At the risk of alienating a few here... but it needs to be said.
Outside of specifically the military, security and police there should be no such thing as a 'legal gun'.
That's it... right there! NO GUNS OUTSIDE OF THE MILITARY, SECURITY or POLICE... PERIOD. But what about the poor hunters? Fuck the hunters! There's enough butchers around if you want/need meat... and there's NO SPORT in taking a high powered rifle to an animal that can't even throw stones back to defend itself.
As for the bullshit argument about criminals and guns and self defence, etc, if there are NO guns in the wild AT ALL, people will have NO NEED to defend themselves with guns against guns. Simply, the threat would cease to exist if NOBODY can access guns
To implment this NO GUN policy, NO non-miltary firearms would be produced EVER AGAIN and ALL gun stores would be CLOSED permanently. It's as simple as that.
As for the bullshit argument about guns being necessary because of black market and illegal/non-licensed guns, there will always be an element who don't comply, but the 150,000,000 other guns no longer in circulation means fewer gun related deaths... fewer senseless and unfathomable tragedies such as this one.
Had all of the above been put in place some years ago, this man would not have been able to access a gun to slaughter 27 innocents. And as more and more of these illegal firearms are taken out of circulation, as they inevitably would be, the fewer and fewer guns in the hands of those criminals who don't comply. Probem solved!
As for the bullshit argument "I am a responsible citizen and it is MY right to bear arms", it is that very same thinking and assumed 'right' that puts a gun in the hands of the extremely unbalanced, with multiple personality disorders and an inferiority complex, psychopath next door. In other words, you can't have your cake AND EAT it too... meaning, if you don't want the armed and extremely unhinged effwit going into a school near you, with a mind to massacre a bunch of innocent kids, then YOU have to give up that fucked up 'right' to bear arms to prevent it.
As for the bullsit argument that "knives and spears kill people too", yes, but not to the same extreme as guns. Like when was the last time you read/heard of some deranged mass murderer going on a wholesale killing spree, armed only with a knife and/or spear? When was the last time you heard about some lunatic pulling out a knife in church and killing 8 people before he was overpowered and stopped? Frankly, you haven't... and you won't, but you see/hear/read about gun related massacres all the time.
A line has to be drawn and Americans have to have the balls to draw it.
Yeah, I'm passionate about taking firearms out of the hands of ordinary civilians.... ALL civilians, because I was aged 11 and saw the senseless snuffing out of a life when a garage owner I knew had the entire side of his head blown away by a shotgun. Nobody should ever have to witness that, least of all a child... and the pro-gun attitude puts children in harm's way, if not directly by the flying bullets, then by the associated trauma of gun violence and needless and senseless gun deaths. I dare anyone to tell me I'm wrong on that score... because I'm not.