Tam has a piece on a Virginia nincompoop who shot himself while groping in his pocket for beer money. The judge rapped him and ordered his Glock destroyed.
Punish the gun. Fine idea. Damned guns can get willful.
I recall, but can't find, a c. 1968 Chicago Tribune cartoon by St. Bill Mauldin. An enraged mob is watching a handgun in a noose, hanging from a gallows or lamp post. The thug in the foreground chuckles, "They decided to let me go and lynch my gun."