We are not a general discussion forum in the political debate spectrum, so we don't want to advertise with such threads.
Personally, I do not think that a forum will dwell better when members have heated discussions on IRL issues. (Unless that was that forums specific purpose.) As drama is destructive and serves no end apart from tearing a community apart. However, everyone who is still here, has known each other for a long, long time. So, that gives room for more serious discussions. It is why I don't mind that it's discussed in JC.
I do not expect trolls to flock to this thread, but this is still the internet and it is a possibility. Better this way to warn ahead than take action first and then do the explaining.
Back on topic please!
In regards to the gun control or not, I get that in some states in the USA where you live in the middle of nowhere with dangerous animals or there's no law enforcement, you want a gun to protect yourself from wild animals or crazy people. In the historical perspective of the USA, it also makes sense, seeing the majority of the land that is the USA today was not owned by the USA, and in fact was wild, scary and lacking law.
That said, I see no reason why ordinary people should be carrying guns, let alone semi-automatic ones also known as assault rifles. In the Netherlands, ordinary citizens do not carry weapons, especially not guns. If you have a gun, you are either a professional police officer, a professional soldier on duty, a person with a crazy hobby who wields it only at a shooting gallery, or a criminal. I do not feel less safe, and I do not feel less afraid because I do not have a gun. I do not believe guns or more guns make society safer, seeing as the school shootings you have in the USA, are alien to us. The idea alone of a shooting on a school is absurd. The biggest things that happened here was one kid knifing another a couple of years ago, which is rare and a big thing, and one lunatic who was a member of a shooting club taking out his guns to shoot people at a supermarket. Which was an even bigger thing that shocked the nation.
That is where I come from, and that is how I feel about guns. I think everyone will be better off without them. Weapons don't make the world a better place. However, if you're on Svalbard and you're in danger of being eaten by a polarbear, I understand you need a gun. It makes perfect sense. If you live in Alaska with the next police station 100 km away, where there's only two guys and a Lassie, needing a gun makes perfect sense. In all other cases I see no (practical) need for one.
I think though that the underlying problem in the USA is fear. Fear for the federal government, fear for socialists, fear for communists, fear of God, fear of Allah, fear of Jahwe, fear of other countries, fear of immigrants, fear of people with a skincolour unlike your own, fear of the police, fear of having not enough money to eat, fear of not having enough money to pay your (health) bills, etc. etc. And in case of the gun control issue, also a fear of criminals, terrorists, robbery, rapists and all other scary criminal things in life that are somewhere out there.
Sometimes in certain city blocks crime goes down but people feel less safe. And when crime goes up people feel more safe. Much to the frustration of civil servants here. A large psychological component seems to play a role. In other words, safety is in-between your ears.
Insurance companies tell you that if you buy an insurance, you will pay to cover risk and this will make you a little less afraid and insecure. In turn the NRA tells people that if they buy a gun, then they don't have to be afraid anymore.
Less guns and more gun control or even no guns will start with taking down the fear inside the fearful citizens of the USA. A hell of a task.