At the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century there was a serious problem with alcohol abuse here in the US. Most obvious was the fact that some workers would carry their pay envelope to the bar and drink up all of their earnings on payday, leaving no money for food for their families. In some ways, the level of alcohol abuse going on was comparable to our modern problems with gun violence. As a result many progressive groups fought against alcohol just as modern progressive groups are now pushing for gun control.
Thus the 18th amendment was passed in 1920 and quickly ratified by the states. It prohibited the sale or transportation of intoxicating beverages in the United States. The immediate results was an increase in demand for alcoholic beverages. A huge blackmarket developed. Moonshiners produced alcoholic beverages and speakeasies sold them to a public that the demanded alcoholic beverages. As a side effect, organized crime had a big boost including the crime empire of Al Capone.
If we pass legislation prohibiting gun ownership, will we have any better results than what occurred during prohibition? I speculate that all privately owned guns will disappear into hiding places, and that a black market for firearms will be created.
Our Constitution gives individuals a right to own firearms and we have a large number of US citizens who own firearms and use them responsibly for hunting or for self-defense. Those who own and use firearms responsibly likely to continue doing so even if they do have to buy those guns illegally on the black market. The black market will exist totally free of any restraints of regulations, background checks, etc. Those who for any reason cannot legally acquire a firearm today will find it very easy to acquire one from the black market. It will be the criminals and those who do not use firearms responsibly who will benefit. There will be more guns in their hands than today.
I think we learned our lesson back in the 1920s. Laws and regulations alone will not effectively control anything. If we wish to reduce gun violence, we need to raise the level of morality to the point where people take responsibility for their guns and their actions