I really don’t know the statistics, but I would guess that more lives are lost to drug addiction than to deaths by firearms. Why in the world would we put forth effort to control or ban firearms when we haven’t even begun to stop the inflow of drugs into our country?
I need my firearm to protect myself and my family from drug addicts wanting to break in my home and take what they want to support their habit and possibly hurting or killing my family in the process. Trust me, they do not need a gun to accomplish that.
Banning or controlling firearms will not make the insane any less insane or the drug-addicted any less addicted.
Assume for a moment that all the guns were confiscated and became illegal. If that were the case, just like drugs there would be a black market for them and like drugs they would make their way back into the country but only in the hands of the bad guys.
High-capacity magazines in semi-automatic weapons? So what? If someone wants to kill a lot of people at one time they could easily accomplish that with products sold at the local farm supply.
Lastly, fear the government that fears your guns. An armed country remains a free country. If everyone were armed, our society would be a little more polite.