I would like to emphasize one of katlaughing's remarks: "so many people feel threatened." There are very few blocks in my city that might allow one to feel safe. On top of that is isolation. No one will help you, no one will be there to help you, if the threat materializes. It is very difficult to avoid the conclusion that one needs a very potent weapon around. And, with so many threatened people feeling the need to have weapons ready and near at hand, it is almost inevitable that gross negligences will occur – and awful tragedies ensue.
Can this society be made safe enough, that people can be ready to lock away or throw away their guns?
-- Larry C.