To put it simply, they have been considered an "inalienable right" for the last 232 years, at this point, that mentality is a part of the population. We also have an extremely strong gun lobby in the country, in the form of the NRA, which politicians don't like to offend. Our higher violent crime stems less from guns than it does from gangs fighting over "turf" to sell drugs on, due to our government's stupid stance on them. (Plus, we have always been a bit more violent than Europe).
You should also realize, that unlike in parts of Europe, there are still vast areas of near wilderness here as well. We aren't that densely populated, especially compared to Europe. The continental USA has roughly half the density of Europe, and Alaska is many orders of magnitude less.
For a handful of things, it has a large impact and is very polarizing. (Abortion, Gay Rights...). However, overall, although a very large portion of the population practices religion, it does not have that large of an impact on laws or normal life.So strong impact of religion upon society
Do not mistake the f***ing idiotic administration of the past 8 years with the population. People are concerned with the environment, and we ARE investing/installing a lot of "clean" technology. As for cars.....they are needed here, not an optional thing as they are in parts of your continent. The large SUVs for everyone was ridiculous, and gas prices have been correcting that nicely. I suggest you go look up the man who is likely to be our new energy secretary. I think you'll like what you see.Denial of almost everything that has something to do with environment
No idea. I guess you eat a lot and don't care. Personally, I'm over 6ft and can't get my weight above 150lbs... What exactly should we do about it? Force people to eat less?How can someone weight over 250 Ibs? I trully don't understand this one.
Here if you are over 200Ibs you are fat pig unless you are really tall.
But in US there are people over 300,400 or even heavier than that.
I can't believe that a person can't see that they are getting fat and do something about it.
I mean you can't get that much fat over night.
Now that your questions are done...time for something I've noticed. Europe tends to like the government to have a larger role, while we tend to want the government to have a smaller role in things.