"Among the many misdeeds of British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest.” - Gandhi
Minnesota averages seven guns per household and that's just counting legal firearms. That's pretty heavily armed, even by US standards. I've also spent most of my adult life working in law enforcement and safety related fields. So I tend to pay attention to crime and weapon control.
For the record, I support no form of weapon control. Period. In the history of the world there are have been two basic classes of people, freemen and slaves. The distinction was the right to own weapons and defend yourself. Knives, swords, guns, etc. are details a free people have the right to own all of them, without restriction, for the purpose of their own defense.
I happened across an interesting article here.
It discusses the phenomena that I've noticed while traveling. Weapon ownership is fairly consistent across all Western countries. The variation is that the more tightly weapon ownership is regulated the greater the number of them are owned "illegally". The result is an increase in weapon related violence. As the weapons trade slips deeper into the black market the tendency seems to be toward more powerful military grade weapons used in crime.
This should surprise no one who has studied any period of Western history. Prohibition leads to bootlegging, black market trading, and increased criminality. A common saying is that "when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns". This is only technically true. History (and current ownership trends) indicate that weapon restrictions don't decrease weapon ownership, they only increase the number of "illegally" owned weapons. The real effect seems to be that it makes it criminal to defend your neighbor (and in some extremes, even yourself).
Living in Minnesota, I know from experience that gun violence is a symptom of cultural problems not the problem itself. Most families have a large collection of guns in a range of calibers and configurations. Rifles, shotguns, handguns, automatic, high-capacity, single-fire, antique, and military. We also have concealed-carry. And a significant rate of seasonal depression.
If gun-control propaganda truly reflected reality, my home state would be a blood-bath.
Also, it illustrates that there's nothing innately "Democratic" in gun-control. Minnesota has voted Democrat in every Presidential election in my lifetime and the Green Party often outperforms the Republican Party. And yet, although I know they exist on the "lunatic fringe", I have never personally met a pro-gun-control member of any party in Minnesota.