Jonah's argument is absolutely correct. However, there is also a further point that needs to be highlighted whenever the whole "Gun Crime" issue is being discussed. The problem is not, and has never been, "Gun Crime," but rather crime, more specifically, "Violent Crime," in general. The old adage that "God made men; Sam Colt made them equal," is very true. Imagine for a moment that we could somehow wave a magic wand and remove all guns from the planet (we can exempt the military and police only if we include a magic injunction preventing their weapons from ever being stolen, as they regularly are, but tha's a quibble). What we would have created is a society in which bigger, stronger bullies rule (probably with knives).