The anti-gun crowd in the U.S. is dead set on disarming the citizens. While they might say they just want to cut the murder rate, we could probably speculate that there's a more sinister motive.
At any rate, that old saw is still true: Outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns.
Europeans who didn't know it already are seeing it played out. See Getting a gun legally in Europe may be hard, but terrorists have little trouble. Excerpt.
In contrast with the free-firing United States, Europe is generally seen as a haven from serious gun violence. Here in Denmark, handguns and semiautomatic rifles are all but banned. Hunting rifles are legally available only to those with squeaky-clean backgrounds who have passed a rigorous exam covering everything from gun safety to the mating habits of Denmark’s wildlife.
“There’s a book about 1,000 pages thick,” said Tonni Rigby, one of only two licensed firearms dealers in Copenhagen. “You have to know all of it.”
But if you want an illicit assault rifle, such as the one used by a 22-year-old to rake a Copenhagen cafe with 28 bullets on Saturday, all it takes are a few connections and some cash.
“It’s very easy to get such a weapon,” said Hans Jorgen Bonnichsen, a former operations director for the Danish security service PET. “It’s not only a problem for Denmark. It’s a problem for all of Europe.”
Give me the guns rights of "the free-firing United States" any day.