As for me I'm in the middle of the road on this one and I think many people agree. While the media would like us to believe that there are only two sides to the debate, Pro or Anti, there are really many, many more factors than just yes or no to guns.
- Heart disease: 611,105
- Cancer: 584,881
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 149,205
- Accidents (unintentional injuries): 130,557
- Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 128,978
- Alzheimer's disease: 84,767
- Diabetes: 75,578
- Influenza and Pneumonia: 56,979
- Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 47,112
- Intentional Self-harm (suicides): 41,149
Rarely does either side look at the cultural aspects of the countries they are referencing. Countries like Switzerland have sense of duty and responsibility that is rooted in their social culture. Children as young as 12 are able to join gun clubs and are taught sharp shooting. Because of this most citizens of Switzerland have a respect for life and know how to shoot. By comparison the US does not promote gun education on a national level, instead it promotes violent movies and TV shows along with a conflicting messages about gun safety. In some states it actually illegal for certain people to practice shooting (technically it's illegal for them to carry the weapon to the range, they are only allowed to own it - not carry) - so if they are ever in a situation where they may shoot someone they will be completely unprepared. In other countries like Afghanistan children are also taught to shoot. They practice on the live targets of their enemies because in their culture there is nothing wrong with killing someone who does not abide by their beliefs.
When you analyze the data within the context of the cultural influences then it's no surprise that Switzerland has fewer murders than Afghanistan in relation to gun access. Access to guns without a respect for life is a recipe for a high murder rate. But even without the access to guns a lack of respect for life will still lead to murders - just through other means. A lack of access to guns leaves the citizens unprotected and vulnerable to attack by anyone. Sure the police will come when called but that can be anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes depending on where you live. You or your family could all be dead before they even arrive.
Personally I think the entire concept of gun control needs to be readdressed. What if, instead of adding guns that were never involved in mass shootings to the banned gun list and encouraging violence, we start treating guns like they are a tool and hold the individuals that shoot other people responsible for their actions. What if we teach children how to safely handle a gun, how to shoot, how to respect life and that killing is not the answer to every problem. (regardless of what they see on TV)