Your comment about "women and gays" makes it difficult to take seriously your more valid criticisms.
I will admit I wasn't trying to be serious with that comment. I am in fact 100% in favor of women and gays having as many guns as they want in whatever color they prefer, as long as they join the NRA ASAP and receive adequate training in their safe and proper use.
Hitting a target with real guns is a lot harder than hollywood would like us to believe. The reason is that real guns have a lot of recoil, while hollywood guns do not. This video illustrates my point very well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXfg5o1ZVq4
I doubt, but would be interested to see any research, that any changes to the colour of a gun would have much effect on their attractiveness to children.
Go to the toy section of any store and take close notice of the colors used by the toys and the toy packaging. I assure you there is plenty of reliable research behind those choices. I agree that guns need to be kept away from children reach regardless of color, except at the shooting range under close supervision and with proper training.
Regulating the color of firearms probably could pass constitutional muster, and it could immediately make it clear that a particular firearm was not legal. I think it would also have a huge impact on sales to the "macho" crowd. .
For some strange reason gun control people like to assume criminals obey the law. They are wrong. "If we make all guns illegal then criminals will have to get rid of them" the naive gun control folks think. In most places there are already laws that prohibit criminals from owning guns. Passing more of the same won't change anything.
Nothing would prevent criminals from paining their existing guns pink in order to make them look legit if they wish to do so. However, since most criminals carry their guns concealed, it really doesn't matter much to them what the gun color is.
There might be kids out there who get guns to look macho or cool, but for the vast majority of legal gun owners a gun is nothing more than the right tool for the right job. A gun serves the same purpose as an electric drill, which is to make small holes on different targets. The gun is better than the electric drill when the holes need to be made at some distance from the target. This is sometimes necessary, such as when you return home and find a stranger hidding in one of the rooms waiting to ambush you (happened to me once).
I think cops would look cute with pink firearms.
Then why not start a whitehouse petition asking for cops to wear pink uniforms too?
And "gang bangers" might just look silly
If gang bangers start teasing each other over their pink guns this will surely lead to even more gun violence.