We, Europeans (living on the arguably bloodiest continent ever) and Americans share so many cultural values that it makes us easily relatable toward each other. I really enjoy that connectivity. Heck, NBA basketball (the best thing ever) is one of those.
However, I often feel we can't be further away culturally regarding the use and possession of firearms. To me, it is clear as a day that more guns bring more gun-related deaths/crimes/abuse. It is not a singular reason for it surely, but it multiplies the negative factors. I was a kid that grew up in the war-affected country, the guns were pretty available after the initial scarcity. They were even more available after the war, logical as there was less use and need for it. Big, small, any...you could get it somehow, but I wanted to get away from it. My father, a war veteran too. He kept some for a year, but went to the police one day and returned all of it.
I know how to shot the pistol, automatic guns like uzi, rifle if the situation calls for it (hopefully not), but possessing one is like steering your karma to its use and inviting trouble IMO.
I also hope that American youth isn't so competitive toward each other in the future as it is also clear that these are "peer crimes".