I grew up in West Virginia. My grandfather taught me how to shoot a handgun when I was 9. Most of the men I know hunt, but I rarely if ever heard of anyone getting shot. People there, though, are culturally easy-going, not extremely combative (unless drunk or high on meth) and there's still that Southern tinge of "these things just aren't done among decent people." That's also a pretty damn easy thing to control when your population is extremely low and not very mixed.
However, in recent years there's been more incidents of students shooting off guns on college campuses in WV, and just last week a friend of mine said a meth head shot a Chinese woman delivering Chinese food to their building because he was sketched out and thought she was an intruder.
All of this, I think, is a cultural disease and it's filtered into West Virginia more slowly because it's 20 years behind the rest of the country, but it has crept in, and no thanks to television.
I think people should be allowed to own guns. I believe in the right to bear arms.
What I don't understand is why anyone needs a machine gun, and why it's so easy for an ordinary citizen to get his hands on a gun which can kill so many people so quickly. It's unnecessary and does more harm than good.