My hope is that the Left actually does want a reduction in gun violence; although, I find the hypocrisy of the violence spewing Hollywood leftists slightly troubling in this regard. I would definitely like to see a reduction in gun violence and I know enough to know that the conditions have to be correct for it to take place. Maybe the Left doesn't actually want this. Maybe they like things they way they are. This would explain their seemingly bad faith negotiations on the subject.
There has not been a more acute feeling of political instability that I can remember in my life than there is in the current zeitgeist. I am slightly too young to have experienced the Cuban Missile Crisis but old enough to remember the fall of the Berlin Wall - I was an adult at that time. The fall of the Berlin Wall should have inspired me to study Communism. It didn't though, and as a result, my knowledge in this area is still lacking. I've been catching up over the last decade and I have now read some good writing on the topic. Both Robert Conquest and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn have written enough volume and quality to give anyone a pretty good understanding of what real Communism looks like, and reading them both has been a serious education. Not reading them in my twenties was a serious omission.