My natural inclination (as a former law enforcement type) is a desire to see as few firearms as possible on the street. (To be honest, I would favor a law that excludes everyone from possessing any firearm unless that person is in law enforcement or.........was a former DEA Agent with a last name that begins with.........Oh...let's say "J"
We have very different ideas of what is reasonable or ideal. If it were possible to take all thug's guns entirely, they'd still have clubs, arrows, slings, knifes, swords and any manner of other deadly weapon. A firearm is the great equalizer between evil and good when they come into violent conflict. If all criminals could be eliminated, I'd still be against this idea because the the ultimate armed thug of history is government gone awry, and our government and others aren't going away. Government must fear the people, it must remain subservient to the people. This is ensured, in the final measure, by an armed citizenry.
Gun control laws should be about limiting criminal access to guns and creating an environment where criminals are less able to commit violent crime (with guns or by other means). However, many gun control laws and policies are ineffective. Some are actually silly. Some are actually net negatives, restricting liberty and self defense rights to varying degrees, resulting in no curtailment of crime or even contributing to an environment of increased violent criminal activity. The characteristics these bad laws all share is a false presumption that criminal gun use and possession are significantly impacted by administrative, process, and access laws manifestly designed to make gun ownership more time consuming, more expensive, more exposed to criminal and civil liabilities, etc. for those that wish to exercise their right legally
and in legal ways. Criminals don't care, they aren't dissuaded at all. If anything they are emboldened by the notion of a less armed, less aware, less ready society. At their core, these laws betray a belief that guns are bad and only result in bad things, and that the people that want them should not have them and must themselves be a little bit bad too (or at least paranoid). There are people in control in many states with duped (though well meaning) voting publics supporting them that are bent on not only unreasonable, unconstitutional, ineffective curtailment of this vital civil liberty, but also making out those that oppose them to be "gun nuts" whom should be derided and browbeaten into submission. The "sick culture" of traditional gun rights and lawful use are be stamped out.
There are good, reasonable, effective gun control laws on the books and there are some more yet to be discovered and implemented, as the recent background check database expansion law demonstrates. When they come up I'll support them, but in the mean time I'm going to advocate for removing the bad laws (most specifically here in New York state, but around the country by what means I can). I believe firmly they are creating a net negative effect on public safety and were born of either faulty logic (that has been repeatedly demonstrated in many other states and cities to be unfounded) or were pushed on an unsuspecting public by those with ulterior motives. In either case, they are a totally unjustifiable restraint of individual freedom at this point.
Good night, Devil. Fare thee well, but may your desire on this point meet a great wall of opposition which will not be broken.