Did you know that the ban on assault weapons expired in 2004? Then there are also home-made bombs, but that is for another time.
So, at the expense of some static from a few friends who are survivalists and patriots, here is how we can reduce firearm massacres:
1. Repeal the Second Amendment. Adopted in 1791 with the Bill of Rights, this law protects the right of people to keep and bear arms. More than two centuries ago there might have been concerns about the British returning or being attacked by native Indians. Today, the British will not be coming, nor the Russians. Sure, a few terrorists, but we have 800,000 law enforcement officials and half a million in the National Guard, plus, of course, around 1.5 million military on active duty and an equal number in reserve. What if doomsday comes and you need to defend yourself? The odds are low that this will happen. I expect feedback from this statement.
2. Make it illegal to own any firearm. Everyone must turn in their weapons by a certain date, with a transition period to gain approval for hunting, self-defense or any truly reasonable cause. Rifles need to be confiscated when out of season. Some states might outlaw hunting. Anyone arrested with an illegal firearm will be fined $100,000 and/or get jail time, depending on the circumstances. A convicted criminal will automatically go to stage two. A second offense will quadruple the penalty. Anyone legally owning a gun will be liable even if stolen and unreported.