I guess what frustrates me, from the outside, is that all other countries that are in the peer group of the U.S. have good gun control laws of varying degrees and far less gun violence. Why is it so hard to consider that properly implemented gun control, with the general population being restricted in their ownership of some weapons by national law, might be the precursor to a safer society? It has worked in most other countries around the world - why compare states to states when the country can compare itself to other nations?
Maybe what's really needed is for the United States to change the political make up of the country and consolidate some power in D.C. so that national decisions can actually have a national effect.
How is it that American's are so patriotic and so afraid of the state at the same time?
Even if you look at gun control on a global scale, there is no direct correlation between gun laws and gun violence.
Its easy to say x country has less gun violence than Y country, and x country has less guns, therefor guns = bad. In reality, there is a lot of difference between the two countries, more then just gun laws so you can't just make that straight comparison. If you look at gun violence studies and various gun statistics, you'll see that there is no direct relationship between gun laws and gun violence.
If only the problem was that simple…
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."