b r - Member
Looking at how easy it would be for me to obtain an illegal firearm in the UK which has much tighter gun controls
From what I understand, its not the gun that is hard to get but the ammunition - or maybe your experience is differnt?
my understanding is that ammunition comes from the same place (with the weapon). If it's an illegal weapon you're unlikely to be needing 1000's of rounds.
But I've never sourced one to check this theory. I've shot all sorts of interesting weapons legally, but I currently have no need for one.
If I'm ever going to have a gun it's going to be legally held and for vermin control.
Back to gun crime/deaths in the US, I'm not sure it's even down to gun ownership, I think it's more cultural attitude and perception. There are some parts of Canada that have very similar gun ownership rates and demiographic distribution to areas in the US and the gun crime/death rates are staggeringly different.
Also Switzerland has extremely low gun crime and a huge proportion of the population has access to military assault weapons. The difference is they all have access to the same weapons and they are trained on them during their national service.