The discussion about gun usage in the U.S. is not new. It has gone on before. The past is truly prologue.
Samuel Clemens — Mark Twain — observed that Silver City in its heyday was the most peaceful place where he had ever lived. The reason he attributed to the attitude of its citizens. There was the universal access to guns. The citizens assumed responsibility of continuing their life in a primitive setting. Crime in Silver City was much less than in the average American town of today.
Also, we of the greatest generation went into World War II with the experience of a lifetime of gun ownership. Most required no wasted extra time at the gun range. Might add, we also knew how to use guns safely.
The Great Depression required shooting the rabbits in the head — first shot — so as to not waste good meat.