We went far off topic in another thread & started talking about the politics of guns. In the USA it’s a fairly simple equation: our citizens have been collecting guns since our revolution in the late 1700’s. Many of the quality guns made in the 20th century are relatively easy to maintain and kept in good condition by their owners. This is particularly true for handguns .38 caliber and above, all hunting rifles and all military grade weapons.
To put it simply, we are swimming in guns in the USA. Taking guns away from criminals here is an almost insurmountable task. Disarming law-abiding citizens wouldn’t be any easier, and would be particularly difficult in the western US, because for much of our history those guns were necessary for personal defense as well as hunting for food.
My personal opinion: I lived in southern California much of my life. Very few law-abiding people there carry weapons. Drive-by shootings, robberies, and open gang warfare is common, particularly in LA. I moved to western Colorado where almost every family had a large collection of weapons and a great many people carry weapons on a daily basis. There was no street crime to speak of and I never felt so safe. More recently I moved to Nevada where guns are just as common as they were in western Colorado. There is more street crime, due to gambling and other vices, but I still feel much safer here than I did in California.
PS I don’t own any guns.