Handgun control is obviously the best way to reduce crime and, if I had the option to set the gun laws, would be the primary focus. The fact that it is rarely brought up should make you wonder about the motivations of those pushing the laws.
My basic suspicion is that the hoplophobic politicians know exactly what's going on. They're aware that an "assault weapons" ban will do literally nothing to reduce crime, but that's not the point. The goal is disarmament, but that can't be achieved as long as there's a large group of shooting enthusiasts that are willing and able to politically and physically resist confiscation. So the goal isn't to implement laws that will actually reduce crime, it's to introduce crime that will make gun ownership more difficult and less appealing, long-term result being the reduction of gun owners as a voting bloc to a size that they can ignore and implement any laws they wish.
That being said Hanlon's Razor certainly COULD apply, but it seems like it's been going on too long to be simple stupidity.