No, some people are just nuts. I like Americans in general, they are a good people, but there's a problem with attitude. Attitude and respect, and that when something goes south, too many people resort to firearms to resolve a conflict. Respect is earned, it isn't automatic, and that along with entitlement generation, has bred a problem.
Switzerland and Finland have quite high guns per capita ratios too, but have a fraction of the gun related homicide. In fact there are more gun related suicides in both countries than murders. So it can't be merely that there are lots of guns about that is the sole, or even major cause of gun related death in the US.
The Switzerland example gets trotted out a fair bit by the NRA (not sure about Finland), and they are not like for like examples (gun laws wise). But I agree that a big part of it is culture and society. Finland in particular is a far more egalitarian country, same as Switzerland, where they invest huge amounts of public money into education, health and other social and welfare programs fairly and equally. Whether this breeds respect is possible, community - for sure, but I certainly don't feel the US has a good enough welfare state for them to have that "entitlement" tag, and not sure how this leads to them turning guns on each other.
But going back to the point of gun ownership, in Switzerland its strict and regulated. They need licenses, go through numerous background checks, and "carrying" weapons, especially with ammunition is rare because you need specific licenses or to be in a "security" style role or job. Their firearm death rate (homicide) is of course naturally higher than in the UK still (to be expected since gun ownership is rare in Britain), but of course overall homicide rates are lower in Switzerland - and with the kind of society they have compared to ours and the USA's, its to be expected. I think the issue with the USA is though that they clearly face a huge problem that is ending the life of tens of thousands of citizens each year, and they have to do something. They are doing very little - which is why the homicide and accident rates with firearms is consistent.
Fair enough, but you are still assuming it's just down to guns and not other factors such as the mentality of the people, the amount of crime etc.
Not entirely true - I have said more in my post to Mayhem about culture and society.
Again why the focus on gun deaths? Why not just murder in general? (I say murder because not all gun deaths are a bad thing, the gun deaths of terrorists for example would be a good thing.) Why is a gun death worse than a knife death? A gun murder may actually be the preferable of the two due to the fact that guns leave more clues.
The first stat was focusing on murders/homicides. A gun death is no worse than a knife death, but you're far more likely to survive an attack from a knife and a gun. I believe one of the recent US school shootings had a parallel in China more or less at the same time, except the perpetrator used a knife instead - they were subdued and i believe only injuries were caused, rather than scores of deaths.
Taking this literally you're effectively admitting there is nothing we can do.
I am more hopeful, I would say it depends. If a terrorisit just walks into the stadium and detonates then sure the people around him stood no chance whether they were armed or not. However if walks in, reveals he's wearing a bomb and starts reciting a prayer, then someone has the chance to put him down before he detonates.
You are taking it too literally.
I believe the use of security, policing, CCTV has all prevented plenty of attacks, and its no guarantee of safety, but neither is arming everyone to the teeth with weapons. We just need to let the security services do their job, and not let it ruin our lives by panicking and living in fear to the extreme where we need to go everywhere carrying a weapon and wondering if they will have to use it.