As someone mentioned, one of the differences is cultural, but it’s not because Americans are…

I think in general your point is valid, but we also have to look at the huge upturn in the number of guns owned in the U.S. beginning around 1980, at the same time that the number of gun owners was declining by more than a third and crime was beginning a steady 30-year plunge to historic lows. There was a qualitative shift in gun ownership, from the population you decribe to a narrower and arguably more irrationally paranoid subset, coinciding with the rise of a political party dedicated to portraying white Christian conservative males as America’s greatest victims.

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