Gun ownership in 'the states' is such a divisive issue, but seems to be one of a great many in which then loudest voices seem to be the least reasonable. The National Rifle Association seems to be willing- and capable - of turning any argument on its head in order to sanction, promote and protect the right to own, carry and use firearms against other human beings. This position flies so obviously in the face of the American crime statistics. Courtesy of www.guardian.co.uk, the story is as follows:
"In 2010 - the latest year for which detailed statistics are available - there were 12,996 murders in the US. Of those, 8,775 were caused by firearms."
American supporters of the right to bear arms use statistical evidence to demonstrate that fewer guns does not mean fewer deaths - to do so they compare countries such as Norway (which apparently has the highest murder RATE in Europe) in the following article: http://theacru.org/acru/harvard_study_gun_control_is_counterproductive/
This reasoning is absurd since nowhere is there any mention of population levels, living standards, living conditions, etc. It's deliberately not comparing apples to apples. The point here is NOT just how many guns are out there (although i do believe it is highly relevant as well) but the EASE OF ACCESS to high powered and automatic/assault firearms which is so mindlessly unbalanced.
Example: In a year when the USA had in excess of 9500 firearm murders, guess how many the UK (one of those countries where according to the above article, stringent gun controls do not make for a lowered firearm murder rate) experienced?* Fourteen. A one and a four. 14. Game over.
* Source: http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/cri_mur_wit_fir-crime-murders-with-firearms