I believe that the ownership of a gun itself should not be banned. The second amendment in the U.S. Constitution states the right to bear arms. Quite a large part of our population utilizes various firearms in hunting for food as well as personal and familial protection. Guns are only a means to an end, not a crime.
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
***Any U.S. Citizen should have the right to protect themselves.***
The right of self-defense (according to U.S. Law) (also called, when it applies to the defense of another, alter ego defense, defense of others, defense of a third person) is the right for civilians acting on their own behalf to engage in violence for the sake of defending one's own life or the lives of others, including the use of deadly force.
If the countless school shootings aren't enough to convince you guns need to be heavily regulated, I don't know what is. A child's life and education is so much more important than any gun. We are not at war. There are other methods of self defense. It is more important for kids in schools to feel safe than it is for you to enjoy a hobby of hunting. Amendments are made to be changed when necessary.