Glidden's article does point out a very serious problem with handgun ownership--the "L.A. woman who buys a handgun to protect . . . against the threat of violence"--the danger she puts herself in as well as all around her.
Yet he associates that with fantasy and irrationality. I consider the act of protecting one's self from one's adversaries highly rational. As for Stinger missiles on the beach . . . well.
Handgun accidents usually fit one description: tragic. But the accidents are not caused by irrationality or self-delusion. They are the direct result of lack of education of the handgun owner on the subject of handgun safety.
I propose that if a mandatory handgun safety course were a prerequisite to every handgun sale, safety could be restored to gun ownership.
Taking guns away from rational people does nothing to remove them from the hands of the irrational criminal.