A rousing debate and a potentially "hot" post to be sure...but,IMO deliberately inflammatory. I don't go around spouting off my opinions on politics of other countries as it's bound to cause a stir for no reason. I do not want to be at all patronizing when I say that you have a good reason for thinking the way you do...based on what you know or what you see. The crux of why I beleve you are mistaken is that you believe that the US media (or profiles of the US on foreign media) ouput is a microcosm of this country. It is not. The media (arguably left of center in it's REPORTING bias--as opposed to the monied interests that own it) is who is "crying" about gun violence"--along with a few opportunist loudmouths. It's always the same. No matter the "crisis" du-jour (tobacco,guns,"road rage",wetlands--you name it), the "solution" is always the same...More government intervention in daily lives. Whether you think this is a good thing or not is likely to vary due to the zeitgeist of ones own country and your personal experiences. The point is that the "crisis" angle is used to railroad through,using the momentum of hysteria,legislation. Doesn't matter if it works or not--and many liberals admit it won't--not that they (not ALL liberals--just the purveyors of this nonsense) care, as long as they feel good for "doing something". "For the children" of course! Of course the sad fact is that much of this "marketing" of do-gooder legislation is enabled by an apathetic,myopic public. Some say it's TV/Movie violence, but I don't know---I think it's upbringing..morals..or lack thereof. Self absorbed parents? I (and my peers) watched all the 1930's-1950's cartoons and other comedies (bugs bunny,3 stooges) as the characters fought,bashed each others brains in etc and yet did not become a sociopath. The freedom to act reponsibly and enoy it is what makes this country what it is--the individual. You have a right to do anything you want--as log as it doesn't interfere with anybody elses rights. I will not accept the fact the notion that we should surrender freedoms and lower rights to a common denomiator because SOMEONE ELSE cannot--will not behave responsibly. This is why I feel the way I do about guns--and why someone from a different land may find my support of the 2nd amendment incomrehensible. Good day.