This cartoon is brilliant, yet sales of firearms are increasing. People respond to social forces even when the forces are exogenous. In my law class we wrote essays about whether they would trade some of their freedom for more protection. Most students said they would trade their freedom. If you believe in Maslow's hierarchy of needs, safety is a basic need that must be satisfied before high needs such as social needs can be satisfied. I believe in the long run, society will demand more protection. I believe that the laws of physics that predict chaos theory. Thus, society will want more guns, not less.