I copied this from a comment my son left on FB.
"You can't "un-invent" the H-bomb, nor the nuke. Countries that we don't want to have them are manufacturing them, so the best solution is treaties and policy. If we want to remove nuclear weapons from the planet, and start with us, the U.S (the ones that want peace), would that be smart? I'm pretty sure countries like Iran would continue their nuclear programs, they don't care about us. Guns cannot be "un-invented" either: They exist and are here to stay. How is taking them away from people that are good, and that want to follow the law, going to stop the ones that don't care about our laws and firearm regulations from keeping theirs, or trafficking them from other countries? Yes, I do believe in sensible gun laws. EVERYONE should have a thorough background check before every firearm purchase, straw purchasing should be cracked down on, I'm on the fence with required registration because of all the firearms in circulation, and of course guns should be kept away from schools.
The next time people should realize is that assault rifles are banned. Assault rifles, technically speaking, fire fully automatic with a selector switch. YOU CANNOT BUY ONE! The only way you can purchase one is with a special permit that has a high tax and lots of stipulations; I think one of them is that the ATF (or FBI, not sure) as the right to inspect them and that they are safely kept at any time. The only reason you would really need theses is if you are a firearms manufacture or a collector. These "assault rifles" that the media is talking about are no more deadly than any other semi-auto rifle. They only want to ban them for cosmetic reasons, which seems pretty shallow to me, and just tells me how misinformed these people are. For example, under an "assault rifle" ban, pistol grips on these rifles would not be allowed. An easy way around that is the get a grip built into the stock of the rifle and you're all set. Low capacity magazines are pointless too, because anyone that knows how to operate a firearm can reload in just a few seconds. Present me with evidence that smaller magazines (NOT CLIPS) reduce gun violence instead of presumptions out of ignorance and fear, and I might actually look into it.
There may always be minor details I get wrong, so please correct me, but being a gun owner of rifles and pistols, who has shot them all at the range quite often (when I had time and money, college is making me broke ), I definitely believe that the innocent firearm is not the problem here. We should probably start caring about people and helping them, instead of leaving them out in the world while we focus on things that aren't actually living such as guns."
Thank you for reading, I'll let him respond to comments :)