You can see similar things happening in UK recently, where they had a heavy campaign on banning knifes. This has resulted in increased use of acid attacks in gang/criminal violence.
"The same willful ignorance of existing examples is also applied to ..."
I was merely pointing out that haggy's comment ("I would love to see hard statistical evidence that less guns = less deaths...") was an exact example of this willful ignorance. The fact that we are discussing gun death/violence isn't really the point.
The point is that there are policies/laws working in other areas of the world and its kinda silly to outright dismiss them because "its different here" etc.
There will always be violent criminals. My belief is if there are less firearms, there are less choices for those criminals to easily commit violence. I would think survival chances when a criminal is attacking with a knife are much higher than if they had a gun.
The problem with this statement is that it is injecting an untested hypothesis in a discussion about the lack of facts when making policy.