I have a rather unusual take on gun laws. On the one hand I would like to close loop holes that allow people to get guns without a background check. I also think you should need to get some sort of license, where you prove you are not crazy, no criminal record, and that you are generally a responsible adult. Also be able to show you can operate firearms safely, that you aren't a total dumb ass, you can go hunting without shooting your friend in the face (sorry Dick, no guns for you), you can follow safety instructions, etc; classes available of course if one needs them.
Then once you have that, that is your pass to have anything you want, when you want it, in unlimited quantity. Open carry, concealed carry, going down the street strapped like Rambo, whatever you want. You walk into a gun shop, place your order, pay, and walk out with a whole cart full of hand guns and rifles plus, a whole palate of ammo. No hand grenades or mounted 50 cal machine guns, but whatever else you want.
Then make gun theft, and getting caught with stolen guns a federal crime.
I have to call bull$h1t on people's primary reason for having guns though. 99.99999999999% are not prepared to fight the sort of long term bloody guerrilla/insurgent style war required to overthrow an oppressive government.
I also think the 2nd amendment stipulates one must be in the national guard (militias were turned into that). I don't care what the court says, that's what the amendment says. It's a moot point though considering the 9th amendment. That one is basically your freedom blank check so to speak.
So yea, it's kind of out there, but it seems logical to me.
Now as far as pointing to either stricter or looser gun laws making things more or less safe, I call bull$h1t on all of the above. No matter which position you take, there is evidence that supports you, and evidence that contradicts. I think this shows that the strictness or looseness of the laws is nothing but a red herrings. There are probably other factors involved that are actually responsible for differences in murder rates, and violence. As far as I know, we don't know what most of those factors are.
There are a lot of gun deaths in the us. Given black markets, would a gun ban really change that? Do gun owners really stop crimes in any significant number?
I am very skeptical of both of those things, in fact I would even feel confident answering with a simple "no" on both counts.
The truth is we don't know what drives those, or what would reduce them. People frequently claim they know, but they don't have any proper evidence at all.
My best guess is that those numbers rise and fall with violent crimes in general. The biggest factors in that tends to be poverty, something to have a dispute over (usually black market items like drugs), being raised in such an environment.