Anyway, it's oddly easy to just go into a gun store and by an Assault Rifle. You can't buy a fully automatic one, just semi. Unless you have major credentials.
People in this country that grew up around guns, it's no different than owning a 4 wheeler or playing ping pong, as far as their comfort level. Lots of kids get .22 rifles or beebee guns when they're like 9. And after a while owning a gun, shooting it, cleaning it. You get very comfortable, it's not scary.
Yes guns can kill, but most people I know that own them are very responsible. They keep them in a safe, and are very wary of where the muzzle is pointed at all times (front of the gun).
So, since everyone I know is extremely responsible, I don't walk around scared. Most people don't carry guns on them. Most everyone I know at least has a gun in the house. I have a license to carry concealed, but don't always do it. Anyone with that license can go just about anywhere with it except near schools and federal buildings. But you can walk in a grocery store with it. There's lots of youtube videos where some armed robber is threatening someone with a gun and a citizen pulls out his and shoots, or backs him down. Lot's of videos, or news reports of homeowners getting shot at, and then the homeowner getting their gun and shooting back, killing or injuring. these are very rare though.
The reasoning that I can gather is that because the bad guys can get access to guns, that is one reason homeowners have them.
If you are a convicted felon with a gun on you, you're going back to prison for a very long time.
The case with the Newtown shooting is mind blowing. How can a mother with such an obviously troubled son give him access to that weapon cash? Same with a lot of the other shootings. These are also rare, and murder sprees, guns or no, go on in other countries.
If guns were outlawed would there be less deaths? Probably. Though there's plenty of statistics backing both sides of the argument.
I'll prolly have more to say when my brain is working better.
Feel free to ask away.