Yep, lets not teach the people to be responsible lets just ban things we think are dangerous! I absolutely hate the protectionist culture. If its remotely dangerous it needs to be regulated or banned! Hell I can't even own the type of dog I have in the U.K. Oh crap someone stabbed someone with a blade over 6 inches long ban them!! Someone killed a few people with a gun BAN THEM! A dog bit and killed an old lady BAN THEM! I couldn't live in a world like that.
No, the government bans them to stop people walking into schools and shooting up people which is why they banned handguns after the Dunblane tragedy, they are trying to crack down on the gun culture infiltrating the UK, to stop rival gangs killing innocent people in the crossfire which has happened quite a few times over the years, little kids losing their lives.
Before you say it, the answer isn't to give everyone guns.