People argue against outlawing private ownership and possession of firearms by saying that people will just get and carry guns illegally and you’re not stopping them from killing people with their guns.
But licensing gun ownership and permitting carry of firearms isn’t keeping Americans from shooting people, either.
So, given the two options:
1) some people who commit mass shootings–or even just a single shooting–lawfully acquired and carried the weapons they used to murder people
2) every person who commits a mass shooting–or commits a homicide with a gun–does so with an illegally acquired and illegally carried weapon
I’ll take option #2 every single goddamn time.
Because in the world of Option 1, killing people with guns is normal because having guns around people is normal. In Option 2, it is not.