When it comes to gun rights I have some pretty mixed thoughts. On one hand I believe they are unnecessary, and only endorse conflict and violence. On the other hand I understand they can keep communities in check, even if via high strung fear. Ultimately, I despise them. They are an ethically useless creation. I wish everywhere could be like Norway, a shining example of stricter regulation proving very effective. In America however that seems hopeless. Firearms are clung to out of the very fear they induce, and innumerable sport-shooters further complicate the issues.
I do know I am in favor of further regulations for acquiescence of firearms. To think mandatory gun registry or safety courses would deter a responsible citizen from purchasing a gun is nonsense. Additionally, I am willing to bet that majority of gun related crimes are committed with legally obtained firearms. As for the nuts who oppose regulation because you think the government will confiscate your guns, you need to argue against confiscation, not regulation.
All in all I think guns have no place in a peaceful world, but as they are further ingrained in our culture the chances to take steps in the opposite direction dwindle.