Of course I'm not saying to do nothing, that is asinine. Something needs to be done, but a knee jerk reaction to an event or a series of events won't solve things in the long run. Banning the legal sale of guns in a city will do nothing to stop guns from coming into the city, when you could buy them literally anywhere else in the province.Not a reason to do nothing. Again, those are the same arguments people give that we should "do nothing" in the US. You like school shootings?
There is no such thing as a "law abiding gun owner". Ever gun owner I know chooses certain laws to obey and others that they discard. A "law abiding gun owner" is like a "True Scotsman", it doesn't exist. I'm all for gun ownership IF we make the requirements realistic, testing, licensing, controls in the system that help to ensure that people that own guns will do so responsibly. Right now, it's fuck-all give-away-guns-in-drawings (I shit you not). I don't trust the guy down the street with a gun any more than I trust him with my credit card number.
I am with you, the requirements for owning or purchasing firearms need to be strict. And the consequences if you fuckup or if your firearm ends up being used in a crime need to be much stricter. I don't care, build more jails for those asshats if we currently cannot handle them all.
My view might be slightly skewed as a Canadian, which I can understand. We don't have the same level of problem as you guys have. But no doubt, it still exists. Look up the history of Canada's gun registry and what it did. Quebec has their own now.
As for there be no "law abiding gun owners", I'm not sure about that. Perhaps if you include things such as speeding or something similar. All of the people I know who own any sort of firearm all follow the appropriate firearm laws. Including keeping them locked and secure, keeping ammunition separate and locked, transportation laws, registration rules if there are any, where and when you can use them etc etc. I would expect serious consequences for any of them, if they didn't follow the law.
For the record, I don't own and guns and will never own any guns.