RE: "It makes one wonder if she (or for that matter, any of the anti-gun “experts” who spoke at the event in Connecticut) has ever considered what a “gun-free” nation would look like."
I am always amused by articles like this one where the writer still seems to be living in the 1950s. Specifically, the quote above seems to labor under the illusion that the anti-gun gangs that infest America like vermin are led by or composed of creatures that actually care about ANY fact that refutes their preposterous, gratuitous assertions -- as if all that must be done to set them on a morally superior course is to advise them of the facts. LOL! I assert that they know perfectly well what will happen to America after repeal of the 2nd Amendment, and that, in fact, such an outcome is their true intention. Furthermore, this entire dialog really needs to set the 2nd Amendment aside and focus on the single most important fact of this debate: We DO NOT HAVE RIGHTS BECAUSE OF THE CONSTITUTION! Consequently, there is no way that ANY law that disarms the harmless or encumbers their ability for self-defense can ever be LAWFUL! On this issue, the 2nd Amendment is almost a side note. We MUST force these despicable cretins to discuss the REAL issue: FORGET THE 2ND AMENDMENT! Do individuals have ANY right to defend themselves in the absence of a policeman? YES or NO! There is no "maybe" or "perhaps" about it. The exact same logic can be applied to ANY legitimate right! Oh and BTW, the legitimacy of any Right can be identified with mathematical certainty. Basically, any harmless adult has a immutable right to do any harmless thing without restraint or interference from anyone -- PERIOD! Owning and carrying a gun (ANYWHERE, ANYTIME) is a 100% harmless act. For the law to assert any "legal" interference because "someone COULD get hurt, is a VERY dangerous idea, because it appears to legitimize the insane notion that the law should EVER be preventive, and thus assume that everyone is guilty before the fact. That, dear friends IS the tyrant's nose under the tent. If humanity learned anything from the 20th or ANY other century, it must be that tyranny mus be crushed at the very first HINT of it's minions -- not after it has become obvious and brazen. Here is a fact: ANY public official that even thinks about the infamous oxymoron, "Common sense gun control", then it is at that moment that they can be justly and logically labeled a clear and present danger.