Thank you for your thoughtful reply. It is so refreshing nowadays to read a dissenting reply issued without rancor.
I go back and forth myself about gun control because like you I see how deeply guns are embedded in our culture and our definition of ourselves. So yes, why someone would want to do such a terrible thing, “that is the question.” Such individuals are obviously deeply damaged, more especially those who then turn the weapon on themselves. Where do they come from? Are they not extreme versions of ourselves? Who among us, when hurting and angry, has not fantasized a violent act? So many questions, so few answers.