In the place of any meaningful writing on my part, I instead give you this video, courtesy of Erin:
Superficially, this public service announcement might appear to be anti-gun, and, I admit, the phrasing does lead one to that conclusion rather forcefully; however, consider this quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca:
Quemadmoeum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est.
Or, in a language I can understand:
A sword is never a killer; it is a tool in the killer’s hands.
Y’see, Mr. Jackson was not talking to us – the law-abiding, responsible, respectful, reasonable gun owners of America. Instead, he made himself pretty clear; he was specifically addressing the type of person who would have a child bleeding out at his feet because the kid would not “respect his authority” – the thugs, the gangbangers, the criminals. Those are the people who need to put down the firearms, take responsibility for their lives and their actions, and, as he says, break the cycle of violence that runs rampant throughout those societies.
The firearms are not the problem; they are simply a tool by which a violent person perpetrates the problem. But for those violent people, putting down that firearm is a damned good start for stopping that violence.
… Or they could follow the counsel of “gun control” extremists, and blame everyone and everything (including the non-sentient, inorganic, un-self-aware, immobile, hunk-o-metal firearm in their hands) for their own actions except themselves. That has been working out really well so far.
(On a somewhat related note, did Mr. Jackson have a stroke, or has his left eye always been like that?)
(And Thirdpower beat me to it. Oh well.)