The essential issue of gun control is the individual’s unalienable right to self-defense. There are no better means to that end than firearms. Therefore, the basic standard by which to judge an actual or proposed gun law is whether it promotes or infringes that right. All the proposals generated by the Sandy Hook shooting are self-evident infringements. It’s a dangerous mindset to accept that the politicians advocating them are just ignorant of the facts and have no ulterior motives.