Agreed - but the only time it makes news here is when it is a mass shooting. Those are usually carried out by some deranged (political or religious) lunatic and have the same root cause as terrorism world-wide. The gun is just the weapon of choice for such things in America as it is so freely available. However, the vast majority of shootings in the US are either gang crime related or just pure tragic family dramas. The gun is just too entrenched in the American psyche. Even if sweeping reforms were made it would take 4 or 5 generations for any semblance of a change of mindset to start growing. Add to that the sheer amount of weapons out there and you have an insurmountable problem. It will never change over there.