The Constitution of the United States is supposed to protect our rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I would assume that the right answer to this difficult problem of violent deaths in America should keep in mind the tenets of the Constitution, and balance the solution against real facts.
Even if you’re not convinced that increased gun ownership reduces violent crime and gun homicides, you should be totally convinced of this indisputable fact: Gun violence has been decreasing significantly over time, not increasing as you’ll frequently hear from anti-gun politicians and progressives. The gun-related homicide rate of 3.6 deaths per 100,000 population in each of the years 2010, 2011 and 2013 makes those recent years the safest in at least 20 years, and possibly the safest in modern U.S. history, since “older data [before 1993] suggest that gun violence might have been even more widespread previously,”
This should not be a Republican versus Democrat or conservative versus liberal answer — this should be an American answer. A federal law will not stop criminals from killing, so let local governments have the freedom to protect their people. The answer should not involve yet another federal law.