Putting up hoops in order to procure fire arms doesn’t mean people aren’t allowed to own them. I think safety could be much improved by adopting a system like the one in New Zealand.
In New Zealand, potential gun owners submit an application to the police department. If that goes well, they are allowed then to attend a three hour firearm safety course followed by a written exam. After passing the written exam, candidates are allowed to schedule an interview which is conducted in their home. Much like becoming a US foster parent, each member of the household is interviewed and asked a number of questions. (I’ve been a foster parent for almost three years. The process is nothing if not invasive. But not everyone should get to be a foster parent and not everyone should get to buy a gun). The interviewer confirms that the candidate owns lockable cabinets for both the fire arm and the ammunition. They ask why the candidate is interested in purchasing a firearm. Once the firearms license comes in the mail, the candidate has to join the local pistol club and become an active member.
New Zealand requires firearms be transported in locked containers.If a gun owners firearm is stolen, their firearms license may be revoked.
If US citizens honestly valued less people being shot to death, we would embrace policies that made gun ownership something that had to be planned, paid for, and couldn’t be accomplished in a fit of rage.