I don't like guns, but I'm not a gun control nut. I think there are a good many reasons that people can and should have guns. If I were a store owner in a dangerous neighborhood, I'd want a gun. If I were a resident in a dangerous neighborhood, I'd want a gun. If I were a hunter, I'd want a gun. If I lived in wilderness, I'd want a gun.
But guns, equal death, not freedom. At least in a democracy. To me, this is obvious. But maybe it's not. Here's a little picture to make the point. For European countries (and America)--what I like to call civilized nations, the kind of countries I want to be compared to--the correlation is strong: the higher the percentage of households with guns, the more people get killed by guns. Duh.
Of course the US tops the list. Switzerland is the only country listed with more guns, and their firearm death rate is lower than the US, because there's more going on in American homicides than just guns. We've got the war on the drugs. We're also rare in that we combine lots of guns and lots of poverty. One or the other is usually OK, but not both.
Sorry the graphic is hard to read. Clicking on it makes it much bigger.
There is no country with few guns and a lot of murder.
By the way, my favorite argument for central government and gun control isn't on the list. That's Somalia. Land of the free.