There are 300 million people in this country. 4 or 5 or 100 incidents do not make an epidemic that needs fixing....
Fiddletown adressed that, but let me add--we had one
high profile political murder in late 1963, one
shooting spree in Texas in 1966, and two
high profile assassinations in the summer of 1968--not one of which would have been prevented by gun laws
. Four or five or one hundred? That's four
in the course of four and a half years
. The result was the enactment of a far-reaching and onerous Federal law that significantly restricted the importation, sale, transfer, and ownership of firearms and ammunition in this country.
Every now and then someone starts publicizing stats on CCW-related crimes, sometimes even adding in the failure of permit holders to pay child support timely. I agree with you--they do not make a compelling argument for additional restriction by any stretch--but that's just not the political reality.