Cars have uses besides hurting people. Weigh the positives and negatives and nearly everyone will conclude the value of cars is greater than their hazards.
Well, here's my $0.02 as someone who doesn't like guns and doesn't own one. Guns might not have value to you, but they clearly have value to millions of people who don't want to kill others. And while it's easy to dismiss that as someone who doesn't like guns, I think it's important for the debate to take that into account.
So what might some of those reasons be, and what would be a safe and effective way to appease both parties.
"I like to hunt with guns"
This is a big thing for people. Hunting can be a time-honored tradition with families, and guns are essential to the process. People will fight hard for tradition and family and memories, and so I think there needs to be a hunting exemption.
My idea - either you "rent" your guns from a specific office where you keep it (near a hunting ground) and you aren't allowed to take it off the ground. If you only want the gun when you're hunting, this makes sense (just like how you rent bowling shoes or a paintball gun or ice skates).
"Guns are fun to shoot"
This is something that people have a problem with, but it can be a hobby like anything else. It's a skill you can learn, and there's adrenaline that you get from shooting.
My idea - create special gun ranges where people can go and shoot guns for free. Everything is subsidized by the government - the guns themselves, ammo, targets, and most importantly, security. And assuming that the security is strong enough, I'd be okay letting people shoot basically whatever guns they want. This is where I'd want background checks to be run, but if people want to shoot and it can be safe, I don't see any reason why they can't be allowed to shoot.
"I need a gun for protection"
This is the trickiest one. I saw an online debate where people were arguing in favor of AR-15s because they were better for protection. That the gun makes it more likely that you'd only hurt an intruder. I don't know nearly enough about guns to know if that's true, and honestly, it doesn't matter to me.
What's interesting...and it's something that I don't see much....is why people are so scared. Home invasion seems to be a very-real threat that people are concerned about, and it's not something that seems to be addressed. So I wonder...are home invasions more prevalent in the US than other countries? If not, how do foreigners make their families feel safe? If so, what do other countries do to keep home invasions down?
And I honestly don't have an idea here. You could stiffen the punishment for a home invasion to hopefully keep the numbers down. Maybe that might help people feel safe. Maybe subsidize other forms of home security so that people don't think guns are their only option. Additional police presence? Subsidize something like tazers or a non-lethal form of home protection?
And that's the thing. I think most people just don't feel safe. And not from the government....from each other. And when the government talks about taking away people's guns, I think most people aren't worried about the government taking over - I think it's just that they're going to feel less safe. That the police won't get there in time. That their spouse or children could be killed because they don't have the tools to defend them.
Now I know it might seem silly to say an assault rifle is necessary for security, but some people feel that way. Take away their gun, and they feel like their child is in danger. And I think until both sides understand where the other side is coming from, we're just not going to get any better on this issue.