Here's the kind of black and white, polarized thinking that the media encourages.
If you are pro-guns, anti-control, you believe that every American should be armed and trained in the use of firearms, and that it is our Constitutional right, even our duty, to do so. It is the people, not the tool that kills people (such as drunk drivers shouldn't result in outlawing cars).
On the other side, you have those that believe that guns should be banned, confiscated, and removed from society, and then everything will be ok. At a minimum, why would anyone need assault rifles? If we make obtaining guns more difficult, fewer incidents will happen.
The facts about guns are pretty foggy - many potential assaults have been prevented because law-abiding citizens were armed. Death rates by firearms have consistently decreased over the last 2 decades, even as highly publicized incidents have increased.
Yet tragic stories of a child accidentally killing a sibling with dad's unlocked gun can make it seem if it wasn't there in the first place, the tragedy wouldn't have happened.
No one seems to listen to these facts supporting both sides of the debate. Both sides have valid points...so what now?
There is no easy answer, no definite path, and the sooner everyone realizes this and thinks outside the box, the better.