Hi to the new folks. I, too, have been silent about the issue. But let me introduce myself. 53, married for 27 years, live in Ottawa area, Canada. We don't own a gun, won't own a gun ever, and I'd prefer to never have to have a gun. They aren't a large part of the culture of Canada, at all. I'd likely be able to list on one hand those friends in Canada that have a gun in the neighbourhood of ours that's about 375 houses roughly. Crime just isn't a thing here in semi-affluent Western Quebec residential housing. For one thing though, drugs are highly tolerated, even by police. Go figure. Make the drugs easier to obtain, crime goes down cocks eyebrow Maybe you Americans could learn something from that wink
That all being said, I don't have a problem, at all, with people that do own a gun for safety, protection and their well-being. In fact, it was due to a carefully used handgun that a blood bath was prevented in our Parliament a few weeks ago when the Sergent-at-Arms took out a crazed person who aimed to kill a few members of our government, apparently. Yes, that was a good use of force. Yes, there are some good uses of force.
My issue is with the people-killing machines. As in plural people, spraying out bullets in 1000's of rounds a second. Why, in hell's name, can a person legally own that type of gun? What is its purpose in their house besides mass murder. Hunters use rifles with precise shots to take down deer. Not something I'd do personally, but I'll eat deer meat and moose and not complain.
I'd like to see some sort of control put on, background checks done extensively and permits for people to own multi-bullet spraying guns i.e. Uzi sub-machine guns for instance (not saying that is a type of gun sold in the U.S. - just explaining what type of gun I am talking about). Is that so unreasonable a stance?