Steve, I agree with your post. Very thoughtful. I would like to point out, however, that both sides need to come to this discussion with an open mind. With the exception of some extreme liberals that don't have any real power, no one is suggesting a ban on all guns in this country. They are mostly misrepresented that way. On the other hand, there are many people (including columnists and posters right here on this website) that completely reject the idea of any sort of gun restrictions. That idea is off the table even before they get to the table. I'm not sure how a discussion begins in this case but I do think you are right.