Thanks, TB... I lurk once in a while, but sometimes just can't help jumping in.
HankT - Just what gives you the right to decide anything for someone else? How is that ethical? It isn't. That's the screwed up "ethics" behind all of the prohibitionists.
You'd take the guns "for their own good." You have decided for them what is for their "good." You have decided that they are no longer sovereign individuals, but wards of your benevolent and superior intelligence --- or whatever.
Well, that's exactly the rationale behind everything that has destroyed our liberty, our integrity, our ability to live our lives in peace. In some sick and horrible ways, it's what causes politicians to invade little bitty countries and tell them how to live as well - while killing anyone who doesn't accept their benevolence.
A lot of people decided - FOR US - that we're too stupid or suicidal or childish to be trusted with guns, or alcohol, or cigarettes. As far as the meddlers are concerned, we can't really be trusted to do anything much without their permission and under their guidelines...
Suicide is a terrible thing. As a hospice nurse, I dealt with the subject many times and even experienced the aftermath for families a few times when patients chose to speed up their departure. None of them used guns, but it's not unknown in hospice.
I invite you to take a closer look at suicide today. If you are interested, send me a PM and I'll get some links to you that might help you understand better.
Suicide used to be quite rare in this country. When people were completely responsible for themselves and their families, and free to live their lives as they saw fit, it just didn't happen often.
Contrast that with society today where people have been taught for generations that "somebody else" is responsible, that someone else should and must direct their lives and make major decisions for them. Consider the deliberate destruction of the family, marriage, honor and integrity that has gone on at least since 1860!!
These things and all the other evils of socialist, collectivist imposition on everyone, especially the young people, produce hopelessness, powerlessness and rage. These are the basic cause of suicide, not guns. And taking someone's gun isn't going to change any of it.