Gun owners like to talk in sober terms about the high responsibility of gun ownership, and yet in this country we allow any lunatic to purchase a gun. This is a contradiction that is hard to rationalize. Ideally, we'd be able to make gun ownership less of an unfettered right and more of a priviledge for those who actually demonstrate a level of responsibility appropriate to gun ownership. The ideal would be to somehow snap our fingers and take guns away from bad guys and leave them in the hands of good guys. The problem of course is that over the past century we've accumulated such a huge number of guns in circulation, and so many of them are now in the hands of lunatics, that there is no longer a way to suddenly prevent loonies from acquiring and using them to do bad things. So gun control at this point (including this narrow idea to outlaw them in NPs) are unrealistic. Thus we are left with Dick's advice to each arm ourselves in defense of the armed loonies, or stay unarmed and hope for the best.