Degrees of Separation

We learned today that the six year old girl killed in the movie theater is the niece of one of my mother-in-law's co-workers.

It doesn't take long before these kinds of stories start coming out. 

I don't know what to think about gun control.  I've been brought up to fear guns, rather than respect them and know how to handle them.  If I was ever in a position where I needed to use one, I wouldn't have a clue.  In general, I tend to lean towards stricter gun control, as I just don't believe that the general public should have easy access to things like assault weapons.  On the other hand, the absence of an assault rifle probably wouldn't have changed this particular story (or similar incidents).