No, the assault gun ban didn't work: https://reason.com/2019/09/05/a-sus...e-federal-assault-weapon-ban-really-did-work/ Only about 300 of the 17,000 homicides each year involve a rifle so even if they eliminate all rifle murders the effect would be extremely small. The number of fatalities in mass shootings in the US averages about 50, let's double that to 100. The number of people who die from bee stings in the US each year is about 50, 3500 die each year from drowning. The murder rate in the US has dropped from 10.2 in 1980 to less than 5.0 today, with no significant widespread changes in gun control laws, where gun control laws have been increased there has seldom been a noticeable decrease in gun crime. This may be because it is localized, but gun control looked at by state, or internationally, has no clear effect, certainly not on its own. There are places with easy legal access to guns with low crime rates and places with high crime rates and the converse is also true. So while I think reasonable arguments can be made on both sides, things need to be kept in context. I certainly don't think we need to be terrorizing our school kids with "active shooter drills". The rise of the internet and constant access to distant places distorts the reality and things we were blisfully unaware of before, we are now bombarded with. This distorts our perceptions and makes for poor analysis.