The USA is in a bit of a political nightmare regarding guns and crime.
1. Theres a massive amount of guns.
2. The constitution states any law abiding individual has a right to bear arms, which can not be effected by government or foreign threats.
3. Gun crime is high, but so is stopping crime with firearms.
4. Mass murder incidents are climbing, so doing something about it is conflicted with the previous points.
I think the UK is in a better position overall and to get to a similar place with the USA, is basically never going to happen and thus is idealistic.
We dont worry about our kids being gunned down at school, nor to we worry about being car jacked, mugged etc with the criminal use of a firearm. This
is simply unachievable in the USA. I do not envy the presidents predicament in trying to make the country safer, without stepping on constitutional
rights or making crime worse due to (less legal guns for defensive purposes) and the criminal trafficking elements of gun supply being a constant
threat against measures to stop gun related crime.
edit on 14-1-2013 by Biigs because: (no reason given)