In the wake of Connecticut school massacre today, there's been much talk of the need for stricter gun control measures nationwide — as their should be. But even before today's tragic events unfolded, there was strong evidence that our nation needs to launch a major crackdown on guns. And that's especially true in Oakland, where illegal guns are plentiful and cheap — and have been for decades. According to a report published on TheAtlanticCities.com, Oakland ranks fourth nationally for gun-related homicides per capita — behind only New Orleans, Detroit, and Baltimore. "The importance of gun control cannot be minimized," the authors noted.