@hamsterman just to clear up some things:
It depends. I have around 50 lbs of both gunpowder and black powder that I use for reloading. Do you feel that uncomfortable that I have this stuff locked up in my safe?
Capital punishment for dealers of such items and lengthy prison sentences for those in possession. There is a world of difference between these issues and firearms. My firearms and "explosives" as you so casually lump them into a category will never
be used in a harmful way against people. Drugs and child pornography DO harm people, yet those issues are on the back-burner for some odd reason. Do you have any idea how many more people die from drug abuse than from firearms? Aren't you more worried about your children being coaxed into trying drugs on the streets than being the exceedingly rare victim of firearms violence?
I really feel that you're accusing me of being a paranoid arms fanatic. I'm just an average person that lives in an isolated, respectable
rural community that hasn't seen any kind of violence for as long as I can remember. Why should we have to change our ways (which have worked flawlessly for over 100 years) because of issues that we are in no way involved in? Arms control should fall to the lowest possible government -- be it state or local.
I get very worked up when changes are forced upon me, so please forgive my emotionally charged responses. I really wish that my little slice of heaven would stay the very same for my children as it was for me and my ancestors.
One more little thing to inject...
Lock up the mentally unstable "paranoid" people, leave the arms for the rest of us. What's to stop a nutcase from going on a knifing spree if they can't get a gun to go on a shooting spree? Should knives be banned too?