The Smallest Minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities. - Ayn Rand
Some of that has already crept onto our shores.
Paintballers have been calling their airguns "markers" for quite some time now, for PC reasons.
Hmm: The anti-gun-owner pressure group is referred to as a "charity". The pro-airsoft people are called a "pressure group".
The total number of firearm offences in Wales - excluding those involving air weapons - rose from 169 in 2003-2004 to 288 in 2004-2005, according to the Home Office.
In a place the size of Wales, that's not exactly a reign of terror, is it? So: Firstly, the anti-gun-owner people here are inventing an imaginary problem out of thin air, to scare people into supporting repressive laws; secondly, it also doesn't provide much support for the idea that gun control is necessarily going to get you a reign of terror. Or at least not right away.
(Disclaimer: I oppose gun control anyway, whether it reduces crime or not.)
The homicide rate in England & Wales was not much, either. Yet they used Dunblane as an excuse to ram through legislation already sitting on a desk in Parliament to strip legal handgun owners of their property.
It seems that volume has little to do with the question. Change is all.