I know a horrific tragedy occurred not that many years ago in Australia, horrific enough to change Australia's government's thoughts and the minds of (most) of the people on guns ownership - especially what the leftist government here calls Assault Weapons.
We have had several horrific mass killings ourselves in resent years, many of which licensed, sane, gun carrying people could have prevented. It was a premiere of a Batman movie and people were dressed as different characters, but In no way should someone walk in and be able to fire 100+ rounds of bullets in a movie theater or anywhere: in states with citizens with conceal carry permits, the shooter would have been dead long before the horror played out there. The Aurora shooter after firing all those, killing 12 and injuring 70, then made it out the door and changed clothes, returned to the theater and set off tear gas like canisters - he made it to his car BEFORE two officers figuring out there was something wrong.
My own opinion on weapons allowed by our laws differs from many, I believe if the law says you can have such a weapon, then you CAN have such a weapon. Here in New Jersey laws are very strict compared to many states, and frankly I am glad that is so - our state being the highest populated per square mile state is just one reason. But personal defense is a RIGHT which can be taken away for many reasons; ex-felons, dis-honorable discharged military, mental health reasons, etc., but I have never believed that someone does not have the right to protect themselves and others. And taking Rights from citizens never leads to a safer, freer nation.
Your point "Guns kill: don't sound beautiful to me" obviously said to stir the pot a little, is just not true - people USE guns to kill and that can be a horrible thing yes, but it also can save lives just as easily. And I see no use for law enforcement without guns and hopefully better guns that the bad guys carry.
But back to the topic as I started it, whether the technical design, often the brilliance of simplicity - guns made today that haven't needed modifications for a hundred years and longer, I find amazing. And then the crafting, carvings, true art work that still retains its functionality. There is not just death and sorrow, wars and genocide, there is security and a way to feed ones family. Even today, it still takes months to grow a tomato, but you could have venison on the grill tonight and a moose to feed many people for an entire Winter.
Sarin Gas is something designed for one reason, to kill people - and there are many other weapons that are offensive only, but to take a Country as big as Australia with 22 million people (which is land mass is very close in size to the US) where here we have 310 million people, alone changes the rules dramatically of the use and need for possessing firearms. Guns done sit there holding grudges, plotting crimes, begging for just one more bullet so it can off the entire family - twisted people do. A gun is to blame as a hammer planted into a neighbors skull, or a screw-driver stabbed into the chest of a scorned lover. And to tie in the thought, I'm not sure if I've ever seen a beautiful hammer or screw-driver, but I know I have seen countless guns that are wonderful pieces of art and remarkable weapons when used as intended.
note: the above paragraph has been edited after being told of errors I made when originally posting.
I'm a "middle of the road Conservative", which to me means, I work to have a home and family, abide by the law and have done NOTHING to lose my RIGHT to own firearms. But on the other hand, there is the Leftist (not all of them) but the fifth generation trashy ones, bankrupting our country nearly as fast as our Government is - who has never earned a dollar because stealing it is easier or having the government give it to them, because they think it is due them. They choose to get their guns off the street and kill, rob, rape, and mangle not only themselves, but us. But the only ones accountable are us because we obey the laws.
So we end up arresting them, they call it profiling and use statistics to prove our point that these scum belongs behind bars or better yet, 6ft under. The shame of it is that we also have an "innocent until proven guilty" statue in our country, so sadly we end up arresting and sending this trash to prison so we can pay that bill the rest of theirs lives. Isn't there a point when cold blooded killers, people with souls replaced with pure evil should be put down, lethal injection and incinerated for 4 hours, and flushing their ashes down the toilets of the family's who's "lives they have changed forever". Put that on a ballot and I'll vote on it the minute the polls open.
So, as stated, guns are a tool, they have no conscience, hold no grudges, they are no worse than that screwdriver or hammer. The problem is people, "more importantly" the wrong people who get them, take them away from the equation and there is no gun debate.
So, I'll wait my 8 or 10 months while the government decides that they can't prevent me from getting a gun license because I have no issues that prevent it, but some monster with dead shark eyes, no soul and $100 can get a handgun on nearly any corner in many of the cities in the country. And we call this a legal system - and as mentioned prior (I never minded quoting myself) New Jersey is deciding if they'll allow me my RIGHT to possess firearms. As Michael Bush said, if they can decide whether you can have something or not, it is not a Right but a privilege.