Yes, a reasoned evaluation of guns is possible, but few are intellectually capable of it.
It is analogous to nuclear power for which a risk calculus had to be developed that allowed rational evaluation of infintesimal probabilities and huge costs. Not analogous to nuclear power, we start with very different principles and traditions.
The first principle of 'gun control' is the Second Amendment that ends "shall not be infringed." Which part of that is unclear?
The ikon of the tradition is the huge number of guns in citizens' hands.
Analogous to nuclear power the media has framed the issue to their demotic benefit and given knownothings standing superior to practicioners.
Either we are equal or we are not. Good people ought to be armed where they will, with wits and guns and the truth. NRA *******