The gun owning folks have been winning the enthusiasm battle since forever, which makes sense since you really don't form organizations based around not having something. I can't think of any domain where people gather to enjoy not having a thing. The non-skiers of America, or people that hold "I don't have a pickup truck" rallies. The organizing principle for the "gun grabbers" is they don't want to be shot and killed, which is still a poor theme for a club. Now, here's where the government would step in, but of course the government is on the gun owner's side right now.
But the ones who have stared down the shooting end of a barrel of some terrorists are more motivated for sure.
There are a lot of people who figure that they know what is best for others. The gun control lobby is full of such people. It's not about public safety, it's the conceited attitude that you know what is best for other adults. Protecting kids is an excuse.
The US Military kills more children from "collateral damage" than all domestic mass shootings combined each year. Thousands of kids die from traffic accidents. Quite a few die in hospitals. Death by gun shot wound is very rare in children under the middle teens.
There are 20,000,000 AR15s in circulation. There are not 20,000,000 mass shootings each year. We have a ban on nerve gas and biological agents for Civilians. I've never missed them around the house. I don't miss my AR15. I could not hunt with it back then. I don't trust the gun control lobby to ease up, they're Cause oriented, and people feed on the Cause. "Doing good has no end". Today it's ugly guns, tomorrow it's handguns.
Gun owner compliance rates in Connecticut and New York after their bans were less than twenty percent. Which means that eighty percent of these people who did not comply or register are unconvicted felons. What did this accomplish? Gave the gun control lobby a warm feeling, advanced their Cause. I know how they thought too.
I'm a reformed Drug Warrior. I wanted to see all drug users in prison. When I heard that Civil Forfeiture was the law of the land I was happy - I figured that Police knew what a drug dealer was and would 'stop' them.
I was helping to protect kids from becoming "addicts". I was making America sober and sane. I really believed this bullshit. I felt potent and powerful. In reality I was a weak minded fool, an idiot. I see the gun control lobby as another form of conceited idiot, making war against tens of millions of Americans who don't bother anyone. So that they can feel good about themselves.
The economics of prohibition are clear - outlaw something, raise the risk of marketing it, so it raises the prices and raises the profits. More profits, more people want to get theirs. This would apply to "ghost guns" and 3D printed magazines too.
I was schooled to mind my own business by the War on Drugs. I don't smoke or drink but could care less what other adults do. I wish others would mind their own business too.