One tidbit I always like to bring up is that the mob - as in, the Italian Mafia - are some of the BIGGEST contributions to gun-control politician's campaigns. They WANT effective gun control.
"I'm a mobster. I'm a crook. I'm always gonna have a gun! A longer sentence for owning a gun doesn't scare me if I'm already gonna do something with that gun that's gonna get me put away for life or sent to the chair. I'm already taking my chances with the law. What scares me is if the ordinary guy I'm about to go do something to with that gun has a gun I don't know about."