Why not treat guns like a public health menace you ask? The Second Amendment gives it more status than public health issues is the easy answer.
As I (may) have said; I'm ambivalent about guns. Oddly, I have more of an urge to buy a gun now, and/or train to use a gun given our national "conversation." Sadly, I think what you are finding from me, and maybe others, is a lack of trust that solving a public health issue is the only motive for this conversation. I trust you. Some of the other voices out there, not so much.