My politically pro-gun friends are prone to posting long bricks of text about their rights being threatened, so I thought I’d add my voice to the fray. Gun Thoughts:
Points of view can be very much based in geography. I’m not concerned with rural issues, because I don’t live in a rural environment. I live in a dense population, separated from my neighbors by very thin walls. It’s hard to grow up pro-gun when there’s a zero percent probability that the man you spot carrying a rifle is going to protect you from a bear or kill you lunch. It’s not a simple argument. A gun is not a ‘good’ thing, but I always valued having one behind the counter back in the days when I was working my dad’s pawn shop. You can respect a gun, respect the desire/drive to own one, and still want to see reform in the ways we keep them out of the hands of psychos. I don’t see anything wrong with not wanting to get shot, but I also don’t believe the solution is that all human beings should be strapped at all times. It’s a complicated issue. Please, let’s not pretend it isn’t.
Densely populated urban area that became demonstrably safer after relaxing gun control? Check.
Believe it or not pro-gun people aren’t opposed to gun legislation. What they are opposed to is legislation that restricts 2nd amendment rights but doesn’t fix anything. Gun registries are expensive and do nothing. Confiscations do nothing (look what happened in Australia). Gun-free zones do nothing. “Assault Weapon” bans do nothing. Background checks for private sales do nothing. None of this fixes anything, and there is tons of research and statistics to back this up.
Like you said, it’s a complicated issue, but all that means is that the simple answers won’t work. The only reason anybody would suggest them is either because they want to trample 2A rights under the guise of protecting America (which is bad), or they are too ignorant or uninformed to realize they are pushing garbage legislation (which is also bad).