ORR, I don't think the American people are obsessed with guns. Since the America's were colonised the gun has been an essential part of their life and as such, I feel it is part of their psyche. Many other countries find it hard to understand, the UK had access to pistols and rifles until the start of the 20c, as such we have a much different perspective.
I suppose the car would be a good correlation, which is something the gun lobbyists try to use as an excuse for all the deaths firearms cause. They claim that cars cause as many deaths as guns do, but according to Channel 4 research, they found that their claim to be erroneous
I'll use the car to contend that we have become
totally dependent on them and that if the Gov't wanted to ban them now, there would be an uproar. As with the anti gun lobby, there would be support for a car ban by the green party and other anti car supporters.
It would be argued that we need our cars and it doesn't matter if they killed nearly 1800 and seriously injured 24000 in 2016 in the UK. It's the price we pay to have them. In the US there were 13286 gun deaths in 2015, since 1968, there have more people killed by guns than there were killed in all of the wars America have been involved in. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34996604
Could it be contended that if we had the same population as America, that number of 1800 would be multiplied by five, which would bring a figure of 9000, closer to the gun deaths in America. How many vehicle deaths would be tolerated, before the general public in the UK wanted cars banned?
I'm sure we are all appalled by the amount of deaths on the UK roads, but how many is too many? Or is it because the majority of deaths are accidental, that they are tolerated? What I'm trying to say, is that Americans have grown up with guns and the majority accept the deaths, albeit I'm sure reluctantly.
It could be argued that the majority of Americans want to keep their right to bear arms, in much the same way the most of the British want to keep their cars. But just like the petrol heads that have many cars, there are many "Gun nuts" in America that have veritable arsenals.
Like the one bad apple in all walks of society, you get the likes of Mark Chapman and Stephen Paddock, who ruin it for the rest of the law abiding gun owners in the USA. I've no idea why Paddock would want to shoot his fellow Americans; I could contend that it was for infamy, thinking that his life would be of note, even if it was only to criminologists, who knows.