Lots of talk is happening about guns right now, but the two sides of the discussion are not talking to each other, they're shouting at each other from across the room, each refusing to take a step forward and lower the volume. Funny, everyone seems to be shouting either "Pry them from my cold, dead hands!" or "I'll pry them from your cold, dead hands!"
If you don't see the problem in this black & white thinking you should probably step back a bit and think critically. The debate as we see it in many cases is folk arguing about their rights to personally own any variety of large-scale anti-personnel weaponry & ammunition vs those who are screaming to melt down all the guns.
I am not currently a gun owner. I have the means & have not made the decision to purchase one, though I did carry one for a time. I am a single male in a pretty safe part of town right now, and before you say I just don't understand the danger know this: when I was married we were the target of an attempted home invasion by at least 3 individuals. It was terrifying and it was resolved without the use of firearms. Yes, I know it could have turned out differently, and I wonder about that from time to time.
That said, I have friends who are concealed carry licensed and I plan to go to a range with them soon, and should my father give me his gorgeous Ruger .357, I will keep it, though it will likely be locked up when not at the range, because I don't plan to use it on anyone. There may be even a **FOR ZOMBIES ONLY** sticker on the box.
So there's my story. I'll stop using my own words for a bit here, because someone else has already perfectly summed up my thoughts on Gun Control back in July after the last assault rifle massacre, so I'll be another jerk to link to Jason Alexander's well-considered piecefor anyone who hasn't read it, because it's pretty close to my own opinions. Of course people have responded to that with some good thoughts, and brought up that pistols can be just as dangerous in trained hands. Of course, that takes us back to how to address this mess.
The best solutions I've seen suggest increasing access & funding for mental health care while working together to remove its societal stigma, and I honestly think that will help more than just the violence in the country. I'm always a fan of treating the root cause of a problem rather than the symptom. There are a lot of good ones floating around, maybe someone can link some positive discussions for us (Edit: Adding a link to a friend's frank discussion on this). If you do go out looking for discussions on the subjects, beware of the comments. You'll find some gems I'm sure, but you'll have to wade through vitriol to find them.