Well, I must agree that gun control does not really work and has not ever been documentated to do so, as far as I know. I also understand that people might be scared that many people in the United States have the right to own firearms and in 36 out of the 50 states, people are allowed to carry a consealed firearm.
Most people would problaby be pretty frightend by the thought of having most people on the streets armed with deadly instruments, not to mention how many of these people might be nutcases and that perhaps just you -- might be their next target. The majority would problaby come to think that most people in these states live in terror, I wouldn't say that... as a matter of fact, consealed firearms in the United States are used 2 to maybe 3 times more for justice than to commit crime.
You've problaby heard all about different gun accidents and school shoot-outs, yet the media might make it seem as if thousands of people die all the time with the use of firearms, and often do they circulate around the use of assault weapons and or modified assault weapons.
To define an assault rifle is kind of hard, but you can problaby jump to the conclusion that these weapons have the ability to select fire (toggle fullauto etc...). Often what is defined as assault weapons, military weapons or machine guns in the media are semi-automatic sports weapons.
The myth wich usually is debated with the talks about assault weapons, is that semi automatic sports weapons are modified to fire fullauto. This is so rare that it can be considered a lie. To modify a semi-automatic rifle to fire full-auto is no joke and requires extensive knowlage, tools, experience and materials to substitute full-auto gun parts. It is an extremly rare case that police haul in assault rifles from criminals that originally was a semi-automatic sports weapon.
Gun control like banning specific weapons and ammunition is very hard, as if you ban for example a WASR-10 (romanian AK clone) because it is an assault weapon would mean to ban tens of thousands of other weapons wich would problaby not be considered assault weapons because of the exterior appereance.
What I'm trying to say is that many weapons may appear as military weapons, yet they're only semi sporting or hunting guns. Such restrictions and other taxes and so on, have never been documentated to have any effectiveness or give any results. Why you might ask? Well, to put in other terms, restricting weapons usually doesn't affect criminals since they usually can get their firearms bought from some other source or on the streets.
It has been proven through times that gun control takes away weapons from those who need them the most, those who need to protect themselves. What makes criminals scared is often not the police or jail, but a fellow citizen, who's armed and at the ready to use it to preserve freedom.
I would like to conclude that gun control is poo, but still I find it important to maybe tension up some laws and fight gunrunners simaltaniously (wich is far from easy). This is because gun control is not the right way to go in most cases, of course the laws must aply to guns to some extent. What is important is to deny weapons to those who aren't fit to own and handle them, and use a lot more resources to fight gunrunners and the black marked, wich up untill now has been an extremly good business.
I'm not trying to convince any one with this, but I just wanted to share some info and thoughts, I hope I haven't repeated so much of what's already been said on this thread as I didn't read all the posts. =P I hope some one might take the info and thoughts into consideration. =)
If you want to look up the source of this information, I'd suggest to check out: Gun Myths (YouTube) and Truth about semi autos (YouTube).