I'm stealing today from people who can say it better than I ever could (Bob, Mrs. Moon, and Steve, I hope you don't mind being quoted, but your thoughts bear repeating):
From Bob at I should be laughing
You need to be trained and tested and licensed and insured to buy and operate a car in this country, but all you need to get a gun and carry it wherever you want is a credit card and a trigger finger.
From Mrs. Moon at Bless Our Hearts
Americans are insane and governed not by men and women who care about the lives of their children, their fellow citizens, but about what the NRA can give them in the form of funding and political support.
And Steve, an American in London says at Shadows & Light
Gun control works. I can tell you that from my more than ten years of living here in the UK, where there are strict anti-gun laws and there's barely any gun crime. We just don't have them here (particularly handguns) and if anyone who's not a gangster misses them, I haven't heard about it.