For John, BLUF: Guns represent a very hard problem, notwithstanding what some might suggest.
Writing at The Daily Beast Megan McArdle says "There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre". The headline writer says that "The things that would work are impractical and unconstitutional. The things we can do won't work."
Yes, our statistics regarding gun deaths are worse than those of other nations. But, we are starting with a backlog of illegal weapons, or weapons that are legal but owned by people using them for illegal purposes.
One point I would make here is that on the one hand, machine guns are not illegal to own, and on the other hand, any gun can be put to military use by someone.
What is the goal of Gun Control advocates and what is our criteria for measuring success? I would suggest that people like Mayor Bloomberg should agree that their goal, and our criteria for success, should be that beat police and police in cruisers are armed with no more than a night stick—like the British Bobbie. Then we will know we have sponged up all those guns that are a threat to us all.
Regards — Cliff