Applying Mr. Waddingham's logic, we could reasonably move to outlaw alcohol. According to two sources, in 2004 nearly 17,000 people were killed in alcohol-related motor accidents. Now, would there be as many deaths if there was no alcohol? Of course not, but there would be more crime. The failure that was prohibition is proof.
We underestimate the power of criminal minds to provide prohibited commodities. Illegal gun trade is one of the biggest problems facing the developing world. Given the mess we live with here on the home front, a black market is the last thing we need.
Mr. Waddingham mentioned, but overlooked it is the person that pulls the trigger. It is absurd to place responsibility on inanimate objects. We must realize it is not the gun, but the criminal, fueled by a grudge, adhering only to his violent passions, that causes tragedy. The gun is merely a median whereby a trouble mind's diabolic deeds are executed. Eliminate firearms and other objects will be used.
Two events where not a single shot was fired prove this. In Oklahoma 168 people were killed from the explosive combination of fertilizer and diesel. Box cutters and airplanes caused the loss of 2,752 lives.
If anyone is to blame it is our media promoted, vigilante culture. A crackdown on television violence is the first step that needs to be taken. To ignore this is to be ignorant to the greater problem at hand.