I carry and I say legal. But I have never had to use it in the manner people are commenting here and I hope it stays that way. Police also hate discharging their weapons if they don't have to. I shoot my crossbow more than my gun.
LARGER guns. I'd say anything bigger than a decent-sized handgun should be banned from the markets. Maybe shotguns allowed in certain situations, like living on a farm or something. And ammo should be limited and taxed like crazy, like cigarettes and alcohol. Also, background checks, frequent job checks, and frequent random drug tests should be administered to registered gun owners and family members able to use the weapon (say anyone over twelve and not with a disability such as mental retardation such as severe Autism).
It sounds like a horrible system, but I think it'll at least correct what we do have now.
Hmm...I don't think I can vote. Because honestly, they're really quite useful in some cases, but it's like they're more for offense than defense. I think only specialized officials like cops should be allowed to have guns, and only on duty. With all the disarmament stuff going on in the US, I can honestly say, despite my hatred of guns, I DON'T think they should be illegal...just limit the amount of AMMO a person can have! I mean, seriously! Who cares about the guns--let em keep them! But without their ammo, the guns are useless, so put a limit on ammo, not guns! XP
God these blocks of texts in the comments... a lot of ideas. If you ask me, if you have someone who's willing to shoot up a place, they don't care who dies or what happens to themselves, and guns are illegal, why would they care? Right now, I don't think that bearing arms is so much as a right, but a privilege, and it should belong to those who're emotionally and mentally stable enough to handle it.
Many people believe that they need guns to defend against other people with guns. If that person didn't have the gun to begin with, we wouldn't have this problem. People buy guns to use in suburban areas, and so frequently we hear about guys who were able to just walk up to a store and buy a gun to shoot people with. In countries where guns are illegal, the death toll during attacks on civilians is so often significantly lower. People who want to own a gun for hunting in order to gather food, sure. But so many people are just buying them for the sake of the second amendment. Guns are illegal in several countries, and it's not like they're crime rates have suddenly shot up because of it. It's actually worked out pretty good in countries like Australia. Also, in regards to people who believe that people with mental instability are more of an issue than guns, and they shouldn't be allowed them then we'll all be safe, hardly any one with a mental illness goes on to kill other people. They are far more likely to kill themselves. In addition, the man who recently shot all those children at their school, not only was he not mentally ill, deemed fit for court, the gun was also his mother's, not his. So doing a background check wouldn't have prevented him obtaining one.
Whether or not something is legal doesn't change what a person will do if they're seriously determined. People make the assumption that guns are the problem, it's the weapons that need to go away, but that's not the case. People are the problem, and those who want to kill even if it's illegal, even if ANY weapon is illegal.
From my perspective, guns are protection from such people. I'm relatively small, I can't defend myself physically in the least bit. So if someone is coming after me with the intention to badly wound or kill, hell yes I'm going to shoot them. I'm protecting myself and my family, that's all there is to it. I would never use a gun unless I absolutely HAD to.
If guns are illegal, those people with the intent to hurt others will find a way regardless. They may even resort to more dangerous things.