There are three hundred million guns in the United States. This situation exists for one reason only- the craven capitulation of our leaders to the NRA and its endless, well financed campaign of bullying. If political leaders had stood up to this disgusting group and its big-money backers in the sixties or seventies, much of this problem would not exist today.
Stripped of the bullshit surrounding this problem, here's the simple truth: The endless gun violence that plagues our country will never be brought under control until a large percentage of these guns are removed from society. Obviously, the gun owners we need to worry about are not going to voluntarily relinquish their weapons, whether they are political lunatics or just garden variety criminals.
The only hope we have of dealing with this is for the government to start a serious, widespread program of forcible gun confiscation, which will have to last decades in order to repair the damage done by fifty years of capitulation to the will of gun manufacturers. No matter how unpopular this idea is in certain circles, it is the only answer. Gun nuts have brought this fate upon themselves by their endless abuse of second amendment rights, and if we are going to see an end to this problem, their guns need to be pried from their hands, cold and dead or otherwise. The right of the rest of us to live in safety is more important than their endless delusions about the meaning of the right to bear arms.