there needs to more focus on the people involved and less focus on the objects being used.
This isn't either/or.
I want to see clearer accounting for where the guns are and how they got there.
In much the same way West, Texas should have been keeping better track -- and had better control over -- where ammonium nitrate was stored in quantity and how it was stored, every police department in the nation needs the same level of knowledge about stashes of guns. When there's a call to a residence, being able to know whether it contains 15 assault rifles and 1500 rounds of ammunition is valuable information. When a car is being stopped for violations, knowing whether the person to whom the car is titled has a gun permit would be useful information. In these instances, if the home or car occupants have been acting strangely, knowing where the guns are (or might be) gives the cops better survival odds even though the system isn't perfect, and will never be.
Why is handicapping our local police departments and advantaging possible criminals in the public interest?
The Boston bomb brothers had quite an arsenal, it seems, and that wasn't limited to pressure cookers. If what they were up to was even partially documented, they might have been under surveillance earlier, saving lives. People who are non-criminals and want to build a home arsenal have nothing to fear unless they're up to something, do they? If their activities are so benign or even in the public interest, they need to step up and take responsibility ahead of time. To resist doing so is antisocial and cowardly.
If your home arsenal is such a good thing, come on out and tell your neighbors so they can all sleep better tonight.